Cast Complete for BENIDORM: LIVE, Debuting This Autumn at Newcastle Theatre Royal
Derren Litten's smash hit ITV comedy BENIDORM is set to bring sunshine and smiles to the UK and Ireland as the first ever stage version of the ITV comedy marks its world premiere at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle from Friday 7th September 2018. The show will be produced for the stage by Michael Harrison and David Ian.
Litten has written an all new set of Alicante escapades for the much-loved cast members, including Jake Canuso (Mateo), Janine Duvitski (Jacqueline), Adam Gillen (Liam), Sherrie Hewson (Joyce Temple-Savage), Shelley Longworth (Sam), and Tony Maudsley (Kenneth) as they swap sangria for the stage next year after a quick spruce at the Blow 'n' Go!
Benidorm - Live will be the stage debut production of the hugely popular TV show, and on making its transfer, writer Derren Litten said: "I've loved ten years of writing my TV show Benidorm but despite a successful writing career I'm first and foremost a performer so have always been secretly frustrated I couldn't hear the audience's laughter. This national tour of Benidorm Live will not only make a long lasting dream come true but will also mean I no longer have to stand in strangers gardens listening at their windows at 9 o'clock on cold winter evenings."
ITV's smash-hit comedy celebrates a decade of all-inclusive hilarity, having followed the ensemble cast of holiday makers and staff for nine series since it first broadcast in 2007. Season 10 is due to broadcast early 2018.
After leaving school in Hull in the late 1980's Derren Litten spent a year working as a professional magician whilst auditioning for drama schools. He won a place on the 3 year acting course at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama where he met fellow student Catherine Tate. After 10 years of working as an actor, Derren was asked by Catherine to write for her newly commissioned TV sketch show, The Catherine Tate Show; in which he also appeared in many of the sketches. After co-writing and appearing in two series and a Christmas Special, Derren was given a script commission by legendary comedy producer Geoffrey Perkins, "just write anything you want as long as it's funny" he said; that show turned out to be ITV's BAFTA nominated hit comedy Benidorm. Derren's hobbies include drinking and karaoke, usually in that order. He splits his time equally between homes in London and Spain.
2018 BENIDORM TOUR DATES:
7 - 15 September 08448 11 21 21
Theatre Royal, Newcastle www.theatreroyal.co.uk
17 - 22 September 0844 871 3014
Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh www.atgtickets.com/venues/edinburgh-playhouse
24 - 29 September 0844 871 7649
Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent www.atgtickets.com/venues/regent-theatre
1 - 6 October 0844 847 2455
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie
8 - 13 October 01482 300 306
New Theatre, Hull www.hulltheatres.co.uk
15 - 20 October 0844 871 7652
Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes www.atgtickets.com/venues/milton-keynes-theatre
29 October - 3 November 01274 432000
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford www.bradford-theatres.co.uk
5 - 10 November 02380 711811
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton www.mayflower.org.uk
12 -17 November 0844 871 3017
Empire Theatre, Liverpool www.atgtickets.com/venues/liverpool-empire
19 - 24 November 0844 871 3012
Bristol Hippodrome www.atgtickets.com/venues/bristol-hippodrome
26 November - 1 December 0844 871 3011
New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham