Theatre503's A HANDFUL OF STARS and LAND OF OUR FATHERS to Transfer to Trafalgar Studios, Begin. June 25
Theatre503 has announced the West End transfers of two recent sell-out shows - the acclaimed revival of Billy Roche's A HANDFUL OF STARS and last year's hit LAND OF OUR FATHERS by Chris Urch - to the Trafalgar Studios. Both shows are directed by Artistic Director Paul Robinson and mark Theatre503's first West End return since their Olivier Award-winning production of The Mountaintop in 2009.
After its sold-out run at Theatre503 in May, A HANDFUL OF STARS will transfer on 25 June with its celebrated cast including Coronation Street actor and Boyzone star Keith Duffy, Ciarán Owens (Oh What a Lovely War) and Michael O'Hagan (End of Days). First performed in 1988, A HANDFUL OF STARS was an instant hit and created a modern anti-hero in Jimmy Brady. It is set in the Irish town of Wexford where Jimmy rails against the moral corruption around him. It is part of the theatre's artistic programme of 'Second Looks', where overlooked classics are given fresh revivals.
LAND OF OUR FATHERS by emerging talent Chris Urch is set on the eve of the 1979 General Election. A funny and deeply moving drama that depicts the dramatic two weeks of a community of Welsh miners trapped down a collapsed coalmine. Returning from the critically acclaimed 2013 production is theatre veteran Clive Merrison (The History Boys, The English Patient), alongside a cast including Kyle Rees (The Pride), Taylor Jay-Davies (Great Expectations) and Joshua Price. Land of Our Fathers transfers on 2 September in a co-production with Tara Finney Productions.
Paul Robinson is joined by the same creative team on both shows - with Signe Beckman designing, Hartley T A Kemp's lighting and original music by Simon Slater. Paul has been sole Artistic Director of the 60 seat new-writing venue in Battersea since 2012.
Theatre503 has built a strong reputation for staging plays by first time writers, launching the careers of playwrights such as Dennis Kelly, Phil Porter, Katori Hall and current Bruntwood Prize winner Anna Jordan. In 2009 it became the smallest venue ever to receive an Olivier Award for Katori Hall's The Mountaintop, which successfully transferred to the West End and Broadway, starring Samuel L. Jackson.
Public booking opens on Monday 9 June - for information visit www.atgtickets.com/venues/trafalgar-studios.
From This Author Jillian Gaier