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Keith Duffy to star in Theatre503 West End Season

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Theatre503 has announced the West End transfers of two recent sell-out shows – the acclaimed revival of Billy Roche’s A Handful of Stars and last year’s hit Land Of Our Fathers by Chris Urch – to the Trafalgar Studios.

Both shows are directed by Artistic Director Paul Robinson and mark Theatre503’s first West End return since their Olivier Award-winning production of The Mountaintop in 2009.

Following its sold-out run at Theatre503 in May, A Handful of Stars will run from June 25 to July 25, 2014 with its celebrated cast including Coronation Street actor and Boyzone star Keith Duffy, Ciarán Owens (Oh What a Lovely War) and Michael O’Hagan (End of Days).

First performed in 1988, A Handful of Stars was an instant hit and created a modern anti-hero in Jimmy Brady. It is set in the Irish town of Wexford where Jimmy rails against the moral corruption around him. It is part of Theatre503’s artistic programme of Second Looks, where overlooked classics are given fresh revivals.

The cast also includes Brian Fenton, Colm Gormley, Maureen O’Connell and Michael O’Connor.

Tickets: £15 – £30; previews (June 25 to June 30) from £15.

Land of Our Fathers, by emerging talent Chris Urch, runs from September 2 to October 4, 2014.

Set on the eve of the 1979 General Election, Land of Our Fathers is a funny and deeply moving drama that depicts the dramatic two weeks of a community of Welsh miners trapped down a collapsed coalmine.

Returning from the critically acclaimed 2013 production is theatre veteran Clive Merrison (The History Boys, The English Patient), Kyle Rees (The Pride), Taylor Jay-Davies (Great Expectations) and Joshua Price (Tribe).

Robert East (Henry IV Parts 1 & 2) joins the 2014 West End cast as Hovis.

Tickets: £15 – £25; previews (September 2 to September 4) from £15.

Paul Robinson (sole Artistic Director of Theatre503 since 2012) is joined by the same creative team on both shows – Signe Beckman (design), Hartley T A Kemp (lighting) and Simon Slater (original music).

To book, call the box office on 0844 871 7632 (0844 871 7644 for group bookings/0844 847 2345 for Ticketmaster) or visit