The Long Lane Theatre Company Presents The Original Production Of THE GIANT KILLERS

The Long Lane Theatre Company Presents The Original Production Of THE GIANT KILLERSFollowing a sellout success at Edinburgh Fringe in 2017, Long Lane Theatre Company are pleased to announce their UK Autumn tour of The Giant Killers, a true story of class, sport and the survival of the underdog. The re-cast and reimagined production kicks off on Friday 12th October, 7.30pm at The Heron Theatre, Cumbria and ends with a week long run at Upstairs at The Gatehouse London, Sunday 4th November.

Football was not always a game for the masses. In the 1800's the first players to compete for the F.A. Cup were lords, knights and peers, in essence, a game for the wealthy and privileged. The pivotal moment happened when a group of mill workers from Darwen in Lancashire joined two talented Glaswegians to change football. The play tells the untold, true story of the Darwen vs The Old Etonians F.A. Cup tie. A story of a town that finds its voice and a team that change the beautiful game forever. They are, The Giant Killers, brought to stage to uplift and inspire.

The Giant Killers is performed and written by Long Lane Theatre which is run by Eve and Andrew Pearson-Wright: the couple met playing husband and wife in the West End's longest running musical The Mousetrap in 2009. Long Lane Theatre was set up to run workshops and tours for stage schools and other theatre companies. As a result of their success with schools Eve and Andrew staged the production at Edinburgh Fringe in 2017. In this show Long Lane Theatre bring sport and the arts together in this inspiring, true tale of romance, class war, tragedy and triumph.

The new version of The Giant Killers has been reimagined, extended and re-cast for the Autumn tour and now includes: Kyle Rowe whose film and television credits include: Young Dracula, House of Anubis, Grimsby and Girlfriends. Kyle also played Ethan Corinn in Coronation Street. Nicholas Shaw whose theatre credits includes: Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Aldwych Theatre; Lighthearted Intercourse at Bolton Octagon; What You Will for Mark Rylance/2012 Festival; A Provincial Life for the National Theatre of Wales; Phaedra's Love at Arcola Theatre; 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Anthology at Liverpool Everyman; Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream at Regent's Park Open Air. His television credits includes: Land Girls, Foyle's War, Coronation Street, Heartbeat, Dalziel and Pascoe and Doctors.

The Giant Killers will be directed by Andrew Loudon whose directing credits include Little Women at the Duchess Theatre in 2005; Carrie's War at The Apollo Theatre and Cool Hand Luke at The Aldwych Theatre. He has also directed Anne of Green Gables at the Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler's Wells; Mary Barton and Charlotte's House at Norwich Theatre; Open Ground at Hampstead Theatre. Andrew also wrote a series of monologues starring Prunella Scales and Angela Griffin at Chichester Minerva Theatre.

The Giant Killers is tour kicks off at The Heron Theatre, Cumbria, Friday 12th October, 7.30pm and ends Upstairs at The Gatehouse Sunday 4th November, 7.30pm

AUTUMN TOUR 2018:

The Heron Theatre, Cumbria, Friday 12th October, 7.30pm £12, £10, £5 www.theherontheatre.com

The Bradford Playhouse, Saturday 13th October, 7.30pm £14.50, £12.50, www.bradfordplayhouse.org.uk

Greenwich Theatre Monday 15th October, 7.30pm £18.50, £16 www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk

White Rock Theatre, Hastings,Tuesday 16th October, 7.30pm £15, £13 www.whiterocktheatre.org.uk

Westcote VH, Chipping Norton, Thursday 18th October, 7.30pm 01993 831196

The Darwen Library Theatre, Friday 19th October, 7.30pm, £15, £13 www.darwenlibrarytheatre.com

The Swallow Theatre, Dumfries and Galloway. 20th & 21st October, 7.30pm £13.50, £12.50, www.swallowtheatre.co.uk

Meysey Hampton VH, Gloucester. Saturday 27th October, 7.30pm 01288 644622

Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes Sunday 28th October, 5pm £15, £13 www.stantonburytheatre.co.uk

Upstairs at The Gatehouse, London 30th October - 4th November, 7.30pm (4pm on Sunday) £16, £14 www.upstairsatthegatehouse.com

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