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Patrick Barlow's The Messiah transfers to The Other Palace for Christmas

Lesley Garrett

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING its Autumn 2018 tour, Patrick Barlow’s The Messiah is transferring to The Other Palace. Starring Hugh Dennis, Lesley Garrett and John Marquez, it runs for five weeks over the Christmas period – from Monday, December 3, 2018 to Saturday, January 5, 2019.

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Previously Posted: Hugh Dennis, Lesley Garrett and John Marquez are to star in the UK Tour of Patrick Barlow’s Nativity comedy The Messiah, which visits Richmond Theatre from November 26 to December 1, 2018.

They will play a cast of thousands in this new comedy by the writer of the Olivier Award-winning West End hit The 39 Steps.

A traveling theatre troupe of two actors and an opera singer are set to arrive on camel back in venues across the UK to masterfully enact the greatest story ever told. Join the absurdly talented Maurice Rose (Hugh Dennis), the alarmingly unpredictable Ronald Bream RAC (John Marquez), and the distinguished diva Mrs Doreen Small (Lesley Garrett), in a hilarious Christmas comedy that conjures up the sublime, the ridiculous and the truly angelic.

Joseph, Mary, the Archangel Gabriel, Herod, God and an ox are all authentically portrayed in this vibrant comedy. Weaving visual invention with a hint of the divine, The Messiah is a love letter to theatre, theology and the great man himself.

Hugh Dennis (pictured below) is one of Britain’s best loved comics and an award-winning and multi-award nominated actor and writer. He’s star of the BBC2 hit panel show, Mock The Week and BBC1’s sitcom Outnumbered. He is also a firm radio favourite, both writing and presenting Radio 4’s award-winning comedy The Now Show and Radio 2’s It’s Been A Bad Week.

Lesley Garrett CBE (pictured top) is Britain’s best-known soprano, regularly appearing in opera, musical theatre, concert, television and on CD’s. For more than 30 years she has enjoyed one of the most successful careers of any modern-day, classically trained soprano, with credits ranging from Rossini’s famed opera The Barber of Seville at the Coliseum to West End musical hits The Sound of Music and Carousel. She will be making her comedy play debut in The Messiah.

Hugh Dennis

John Marquez is best known for his role as PC Joe Penhale in the hit ITV Comedy series, Doc Martin. His other TV roles include Porridge, In the Club, Death in Paradise, Hotel Babylon and Suburban Shootout. Recent theatre work include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre) and Once in a Lifetime (The Young Vic).

Writer Patrick Barlow also directs the production. His other stage works include his new version of A Christmas Carol starring Jim Broadbent as Scrooge (Off-Broadway/Noel Coward Theatre). Barlow is also celebrated for his two-man theatre company The National Theatre of Brent (Wagner’s Ring, The Charles and Diana Story and The Wonder of Sex). Screen and theatre acting credits include A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Loot, Wind in the Willows (NT), Absolutely Fabulous, Jam and Jerusalem, Shakespeare in Love, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones, Nanny McPhee and most recently A Very English Scandal.

The tour opens at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on October 15, 2018 before touring to New Theatre, Cardiff; Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield; Cheltenham Everyman Theatre and Richmond Theatre.