Follow Us on Twitter

Full casting announced for Early Doors Live - Hammersmith Eventim Apollo and on tour

Casting news

FINAL casting has been announced for Early Doors Live, the pub sitcom, which begins its sold out three week run in Salford on August 29, 2018. It will subsequently visit Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on October 2 as part of a UK Tour.

Joining writers Craig Cash (Joe) and Phil Mealey (Duffy) on stage for the first time is John Henshaw (Ken), Susan Cookson (Tanya), Joan Kempson (Winnie), Lisa Millett (Debbie), James Quinn (Phil), Peter Wight (Nige), Judith Barker (Jean), Vicky Binns (June), Nick Birkinshaw (Tommy), Neil Hurst (Freddie) and Laura Woodward (Mel).

The live show was originally planned as a one week run at Salford Lowry’s Quay’s Theatre. But due to huge public demand for tickets those shows sold out instantly and a further two weeks of shows at the Lowry’s larger Lyric Theatre were added, which also sold out in record time. The UK tour will then kick off in Glasgow on September 24.

Commissioned by leading West End producer Philip McIntyre to adapt their award-winning television series for the stage, Craig Cash and Phil Mealey have written a brand new story featuring the same hilarious characters from the TV show.

Craig Cash and Phil Mealey said: “Writing Early Doors again has been a joy and we’re really excited by the results. Putting it on stage for the first time ever will be a huge thrill. One that we hope you will come along and share.”

The Grapes Pub will reopen its doors for the UK tour, in a not-to-be-missed night of fun and laughter. Ken’s got love on his mind, but will barmaid, Tanya, ring the landlord’s bell? Old Tommy would play Cupid – if only he didn’t have IBS (Irritable Bugger’s Syndrome). Crime is on the rise but fear not, as local cops Phil and Nige are getting stuck in… to a couple of pints in the back room. After all, “Crime can’t crack itself.” All of this and much, much more when Early Doors returns.

Tour dates: Glasgow SEC Armadillo (September 24), Newcastle City Hall (September 25), Nottingham Motorpoint Arena (September 27), Arena Birmingham (September 28), Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (September 29), Sheffield FlyDSA Arena (September 30), Hammersmith Eventim Apollo (October 2), Blackpool Opera House (October 3), Manchester Arena (October 4), Leeds First Direct Arena (October 5), Hull Bonus Arena (October 6) and Liverpool Echo Arena (October 7).

Tickets: From £22.50 – available through