Simon Callow to Bring THE MAN JESUS on UK Tour from 10 Sept

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Simon Callow to Bring THE MAN JESUS on UK Tour from 10 Sept

Ros Povey, Zoë Simpson and Seabright Productions present Simon Callow in the Lyric Theatre Belfast production of The Man Jesus by Matthew Hurt. Directed by Joseph Alford, the upcoming UK tour runs 10th September - 4th November 2014 with a stop at the Wset End's Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue on 6th October 2014.

The Man Jesus looks back two thousand years to witness key moments in the life of 'the man Jesus', through the eyes of the people who knew him. Thought-provoking, thrilling and full of wit, this production premiered to great acclaim at Belfast's Lyric Theatre, where it was nominated for Best New Play in The Irish Times Theatre Awards 2013. It now embarks on a strictly limited UK tour from 10th September, including the West End's Lyric Theatre on Monday 6th October.

Simon Callow performs this fresh and moving account of biblical stories including the revival of Lazarus, the wedding at Cana and the journey to Jerusalem. His powerful portrayal of the tyrants, traitors and madmen in Jesus' life asks people of all faiths and none: what sort of a man was able to inspire the history of the world?

Matthew Hurt has been on attachment at the National Theatre Studio and received three bursaries from the Peggy Ramsay Foundation. Previous plays include an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent - created with theatre O - which opened at the Traverse before transferring to the Young Vic, London; Mortal Ladies Possessed, based on the short stories of Tennessee Williams, (UK and New York, part of 59E59 Theater's 'Brits Off-Broadway' season); Believe, originally written for Linda Marlowe, (Traverse, Edinburgh), Have A Nice Life, (New York Musical Theatre Festival & Edinburgh Fringe); Tuesdays at Tesco's, an adaptation of the French play Le Mardi à Monoprix, was produced at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival where it won a Fringe First award.

Joseph Alford is Artistic Director of Theatre O. His directing work includes Delirium at the Barbican and The Abbey Theatre, Dublin; The Bridge at the Laban Centre and on tour; Arsenic and Old Lace at Derby Playhouse; Astronaut at the Barbican and international tour; The Argument at the Barbican, Mexico, Pittsburgh, Edinburgh Festival and UK tour; 3 Dark Tales at the Barbican, New York, São Paulo, Berlin and Edinburgh; Bond at BAC and Edinburgh; and What If... ? in Barcelona and Edinburgh and Matthew Hurt's adaptation of Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent (Edinburgh and Young Vic).

Simon Callow has become renowned for a series of one-man shows, which have toured the United Kingdom and internationally. These began with a West End production of The Importance of Being Oscar. They have included The Mystery of Charles Dickens by Peter Ackroyd, There Reigns Love, a performance of Shakespeare's sonnets, Dr Marigold & Mr Chops by Charles Dickens, Being Shakespeare by Jonathan Bate and Inside Wagner's Head. He will be performing Juvenalia at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. On screen, Callow is best known for roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Room with a View and Amadeus. He has worked in television for over 30 years, has directed over 30 shows, including Carmen Jones and the West End / Broadway productions of Shirley Valentine, has directed many operas and written 16 books.

Associate Director is Dan Ayling; Set design by Fiammetta Horvat; Lighting design by Mark Howland and Sound Design by Alma Kelliher.

DETAILS:

Tour Dates: Wednesday 10th September - Tuesday 4th November, 2014
Press nights: Tuesday 16th September (Theatre Royal Brighton) 7.45 pm
Sunday 21st September (Richmond Theatre) 7.30 pm
Website: www.themanjesus.co.uk

THE MAN JESUS TOUR SCHEDULE:

Date

Town

Venue

Box Office

Website

10 & 11 Sep

Salford Quays

The Lowry

0843 208 6000

www.thelowry.com

12 Sep

Horsham

Capitol

01403 750220

www.thecapitolhorsham.com

13 Sep

Bideford

Devon Hall

01805 624624

www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

14 Sep

Exeter

Northcott

01392 493493

www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

16 Sep

Brighton

Theatre Royal

0844 871 7650

www.atgtickets.com

17 Sep

Aylesbury

Waterside

0844 871 7607

www.atgtickets.com

18 & 19 Sep

Southend

Palace

01702 351135

www.southendtheatres.org.uk

20 Sep

Newport

Riverfront

01633 656679

www.newport.gov.ukriverfront

21 Sep

Richmond

Theatre

0844 871 7651

www.atgtickets.com

23 & 24 Sep

Mold

Theatr Clwyd

0845 330 3565

www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk

25 Sep

Dundee

Rep

01382 223530

www.dundeerep.co.uk

26 Sep

Musselburgh

Brunton

0131 6652240

www.thebrunton.co.uk

27 Sep

Berwick

Maltings

01289 330 999

www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

28 Sep

Lincoln

PAC

01522 837600

www.lpac.co.uk

29 Sep

Bromley

Churchill

08448 717 620

www.atgtickets.com

01 Oct

Leicester

Curve

0116 242 3595

www.curveonline.co.uk

02 Oct

Darlington

Civic

01325 486555

www.darlingtoncivic.co.uk

03 Oct

Southport

Atkinson

01704 533333

www.theatkinson.co.uk

05 Oct

Cheltenham

Everyman

01242 572573

www.everymantheatre.org.uk

06 Oct

London

Lyric (Shaftesbury Ave)

0844 482 9674

www.nimaxtheatres.com

07 Oct

York

Grand Opera House

0844 871 3024

www.atgtickets.com

9 - 11 Oct

Guildford

Yvonne Arnaud

01483 440000

www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

12 Oct

Leeds

W. Yorks Playhouse

0113 213 7700

www.wyp.org.uk

13 Oct

Milton Keynes

Theatre

0844 871 7652

www.atgtickets.com

15 Oct

Neath

Gwyn Hall

0300 365 6677

www.gwynhall.com

16 Oct

Spalding

South Hollland Centre

01775 764777

www.southhollandcentre.co.uk

17 Oct

Halesworth

Festival

01986 872000

www.halesworthartsfestival.org.uk

19 Oct

Plymouth

Theatre Royal

01752 267222

www.theatreroyal.com

20 Oct

London

artsdepot

0208 369 5454

www.artsdepot.co.uk

21 Oct

Canterbury

Marlowe

01227 787787

www.marlowetheatre.com

22 Oct

Woking

New Victoria

0844 871 7645

www.atgtickets.com

24 Oct

Bridport

Electric Palace

01308 424901

www.electricpalace.org.uk

25 Oct

Malvern

Festival Theatre

01684 892277

www.malvern-theatres.co.uk

27 Oct

Harrogate

Theatre

01423 502 116

www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

28 Oct

Bristol

Tobacco Factory

0117 902 0344

www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com

30 Oct

Dublin

Pavilion Theatre

01 231 2929

www.paviliontheatre.ie

31 Oct

Coleraine

Riverside Theatre

028 70 123 123

www.riversidetheatre.org.uk

01 Nov

Limerick

Belltable

+353 61 774774

www.limetreetheatre.ie

02 Nov

Cork

Everyman

021 450 1673

www.everymancork.com

03 Nov

Northampton

Theatre Royal

01604 624811

www.royalandderngate.co.uk

04 Nov

Oxford

Playhouse

01865 305305

www.oxfordplayhouse.com

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