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Samuel Newton to portray food writer Nigel Slater in Toast

Toast - Hospital Club - Nigel Slater and Sam Newton © Piers Foley Photography

Casting news

AHEAD of rehearsals starting on Monday, the cast has been announced for the world premiere run of the stage adaptation of Nigel Slater’s memoirs Toast, which plays at The Lowry in Salford from Tuesday, May 22 to Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Samuel Newton (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, UK Tour) will play Nigel Slater, with Lizzie Muncey (Twelfth Night, National Theatre) as Mum, and Stephen Ventura (The 39 Steps, West End) as Dad.

Marie Lawrence (Murder in Successville, BBC3) plays Joan, with Andy Brady (Nativity!, UK Tour) as Josh/Stuart completing the cast.

Nigel Slater said: “With casting now complete it’s an extremely exciting time as the words on the page start to come to life. To have your life story portrayed through film was incredible but there was always that thing with film that no matter how beautifully something’s filmed, it isn’t quite real. And this production will be. That, for me, is very very exciting.”

Samuel Newton added: “Toast is a lovely story about a boy who struggled to find himself growing up who then found his way. It’s a story that lots of people will be able to connect with and relate to in terms of their own childhood experiences.

“I am a foodie – my mum was always keen that I learned about food when I was growing up and she’s probably even more excited than anyone about me playing Nigel. Ahead of rehearsals starting I’ve been making a new Nigel Slater recipe every day – which is the closest to method acting I’ll get!”

Vividly recreating suburban England in the 1960s, Nigel Slater’s childhood is told through the tastes and smells he grew up with. To reflect this, audiences will be offered samples of the dishes and tastes central to Nigel’s story during the show.

From making the perfect sherry trifle, waging war over cakes through to the playground politics of sweets and the rigid rules of restaurant dining, this is a moving and evocative tale of love, loss and…toast.

Read more about Toast.

Image: Toast – Hospital Club – Nigel Slater and Sam Newton © Piers Foley Photography.