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Holes - Arcola Tent

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PHILLIP Breen will direct the London premiere of Holes, by award-winning comedy writer Tom Basden, which runs in the Arcola Tent for a limit season – from July 22 (previews from July 16) to August 9, 2014.

This is the pair’s first collaboration since their award-winning and internationally acclaimed production, Party (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, Seymour Centre, Sydney, and Arts Theatre, London).

The production will star BAFTA award-winning Daniel Rigby, BAFTA nominated Mathew Baynton and Elizabeth Berrington.

We are the survivors of flight BA043. We don’t know where we are. You have to help us. Hello…? Is there anybody out there? Hello…?

Stranded, four survivors wait. Surely somebody will find them. Planes don’t just disappear, do they? And, if no-one’s coming, what do they do now?

Actor and stand up comedian Daniel Rigby is best known for winning the Leading Actor BAFTA award for his performance as Eric Morecombe in the BBC’s Eric and Ernie. On stage, he was part of the original cast of One Man Two Guvnors both at the National Theatre and on Broadway. His screen credits include Big School, Black Mirror and Spooks.

Mathew Baynton is best known for his BAFTA nominated performance in The Wrong Mans, a show that he also co-wrote alongside actor/comedian James Corden. He is also part of the hugely successful BAFTA nominated sketch show Horrible Histories. His other screen credits include Yonderland, The Falling, You Instead, Telstar, Gavin & Stacey, Peep Show, Spy, Psychobitches and Ashes to Ashes.

Elizabeth Berrington’s stage credits include The Low Road (Royal Court), Absent Friends (Harold Pinter Theatre), Abigail’s Party (Hampstead Theatre) and The Country Wife (Sheffield Crucible). On screen, she has appeared in Babylon, New Tricks, Doctor Who, Waterloo Road, The Alan Partridge Movie, In Bruges, Nanny McPhee, Vera Drake and Quills.

Tom Basden is an award-winning writer (Fringe First Award, Edinburgh Comedy Award and Royal Television Society Award) and three-time BAFTA nominee, highly regarded as one of the UK’s most talented comedy writers for both stage and screen. He has written for some of Britain’s best comedy shows including Peep Show, Fresh Meat, The Wrong Mans, Plebs and Cowards. He has also made two series of Cowards and three series of his sitcom Party for Radio 4.

Phillip Breen is a critically acclaimed director, best known for the recent hit production of The Merry Wives of Windsor for the RSC. His other directorial credits include True West (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow), Sex With A Stranger (Trafalgar Studios), Dymock Watson: Nazi Smasher (Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh/UCB Theatre, Los Angeles/Soho Theatre and the Fortune Theatre, London) and The Stefan Golaszewski Plays (Bush Theatre).

Produced by Debbie Hicks, Oliver Mackwood and Jesse Romain, Basden’s razor-sharp comedy will be designed by Rhys Jarman and have sound by Andrea J. Cox.

Tickets: Previews (July 16 and 17) £12; £20 (full); £17.50 (concession). To book, call the box office on 020 7503 1646 or visit www.arcolatheatre.com/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm; Saturday matinee at 2.45pm.