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Rachael’s Café - Old Red Lion Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh, Brighton and Dublin Fringe Festivals, the one-woman play Rachael’s Café receives its London premiere at the Old Red Lion Theatre, where it runs from February 28 (previews from February 25) to March 15, 2014.

Eric Wininger is a churchgoing, motorbiking, loving husband and father of three, living a small-town life in Bloomington, Indiana. But when he begins living his life as Rachael Jones, there are inevitable consequences.

Based on interviews with Rachael herself, Rachael’s Café is the true story of an ordinary man in an unusual situation, who risks everything to be true to himself. From bigoted Texans to shocking family revelations via run-in’s at airport security, an unexpected call from Obama, and the creation of a friendly, inclusive café, Rachael’s story is told with frankness and a great sense of humour.

Rachael’s Café is written and directed by Lucy Danser, who met Rachael in her café whilst living in Indiana. Written over a two-year period, the piece was created from in depth interviews with Rachael.

Rachael is played by Graham Elwell, who created the role at 2011’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His other recent theatre credits include Headcase (Tristan Bates Theatre), Termination (Southwark Playhouse), Shakespeare’s Sonnets (Shakespeare’s Globe), A Dog Called Redemption (Manchester Library Theatre) and Jekyll and Hyde (Union Theatre).

Produced by Little Fly Theatre, Rachael’s Café has lighting by Owen Evans.

To watch the story of Rachael’s Cafe visit www.youtube.com/watch.

Tickets: £15, £12 previews, £12 concessions, £10 on Sundays – available from the box office on 0844 412 4307 or online at www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm.

Award-winning playwright Gregory Beam’s new play Keepsake continues at the Old Red Lion until January 25, 2014. It will be followed – from January 28 to February 22 – by the world premiere of Bear.