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Next Fall - Charlie Condou stars at Southwark Playhouse

Charlie Condou

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CHARLIE Condou will star in the UK premiere of Tony Award-nominated Broadway comedy drama Next Fall, which runs at Southwark Playhouse from Wednesday, September 24 to Saturday, October 25, 2014.

Next Fall, by award-winning writer Geoffrey Nauffts, will be directed by Luke Sheppard, whose critically acclaimed production of In The Heights was a huge hit at Southwark Playhouse earlier this year. Sheppard continues as Associate Director for Matilda in the West End and on Broadway, having been with the RSC production since Stradford-Upon-Avon. His future projects include the new musical adaptation of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 for Leicester Curve.

Next Fall portrays the ups and downs of Adam (Condou) and Luke’s long term relationship and how they make it work – despite their differences. Luke is devoutly religious, while Adam is an atheist. However, following an unexpected accident which changes everything, Adam must turn to Luke’s family and friends for support…and answers.

Described as a timely and compelling new American play, Next Fall goes beyond a typical love story and paints a beautiful and funny portrait of modern romance, questioning commitment, faith and unconditional love.

Next Fall opened in New York in 2009 to huge critical acclaim before transferring to the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway in 2010, where it was produced by Sir Elton John and David Furnish.

Geoffrey Nauffts won the John Gassner Award at the Outer Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New American Play for Next Fall. The play was also nominated for Outstanding Play at the Drama Desk Awards (2010), Outstanding New Broadway Play at the Outer Critics’ Circle Awards (2010) and Best Play at the Tony Awards (2010).

Charlie Condou, who became a household name playing series regular Marcus Dent in Coronation Street, has also played Renoir in the BBC drama The Impressionists and had guest roles as Nino in Gimme, Gimme, Gimme and Giles in Dead Babies.

His theatre credits include Dying for It (Almedia Theatre), The Changeling (Southwark Playhouse), Shopping & F***ing (No 1 tour), Cracked (Hampstead Theatre) and After The Rain (Gate Theatre).

Joining Condou in the cast of Next Fall will be Nancy Crane, Ben Cura, Martin Delaney (as Luke), Mitchell Mullen and Sirine Saba.

Martin Delaney’s theatre credits include The Ministry Of Pleasure (Latchmere Theatre), Local Boy (Hampstead Theatre), Oliver! (West End) and Peter Pan (Cambridge Theatre). His film work includes Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Kathryn Bigelow; Flags of our Fathers, directed by Clint Eastwood; and Judas Ghost (lead role). He will be seen next as Tony in Amar, Akbar & Tony, a film produced by Victoria Wood. Delaney has also appeared on television as the young Da Vinci in Da Vinci’s Demons.

Next Fall will be designed by David Woodhead (Titanic, Southwark Playhouse), with lighting by Howard Hudson (In the Heights, Three Sisters, Titanic, Victor Victoria, Mack & Mabel, Parade, Southwark Playhouse) and sound by David Gregory.

Next Fall is produced by James Quaife Productions and co-produced by David Adkin Limited.

Also at Southwark Playhouse: the European premiere of the musical Dogfight (August 8 to September 13, 2014).