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The Peter Nichols Season - Greenwich Theatre

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TWO of Peter Nichols’ most celebrated works – A Day in the Death of Joe Egg and Privates on Parade – will be performed together for the first time in The Peter Nichols Season at Greenwich Theatre (June 6 to June 14, 2014).

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg runs from Friday, June 6 to Monday, June 9.

In Nichols’ modern classic, Bri is a school teacher and his wife Sheila loves amateur dramatics. But their daughter Josephine is more than they bargained for and life is getting difficult…

A fast-paced black comedy, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg blazes with the love and pain, the anger and strain of a young couple raising a disabled child. Highly theatrical, frequently heart wrenching and often very funny, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is one of the great plays of the modern British theatre.

Bronagh Lagan directs a cast that includes Barnaby Hatch (as Bri), Julie Ross (Grace), Hannah Vesty (Joe), James Lawrence (Freddie), Isla Lindsay (Pam) and Sarah Kempton (Sheila). Design is by David Shields.

Times: 7.30pm, with Saturday matinee 2.30pm (no Sunday performance).

Privates on Parade runs from Thursday, June 12 to Saturday, June 14.

Private Steven Flowers is posted to the Song and Dance Unit in South East Asia where, serving under the flamboyant Captain Terri Dennis, he discovers it takes more than just a uniform to become a man.

Join the cross-dressing Captain Dennis, whose performances of Marlene Dietrich, Vera Lynn and Carmen Miranda form the centrepiece of Nichols’ award-winning comedy set against the murderous backdrop of the Malaysian campaign at the end of the Second World War.

Privates on Parade is directed by Stuart Burrows, with musical direction by Matthew Ramplin and design by David Shields.

The cast includes Philip Lawrence (Acting Captain Terri Dennis), Richard Hills-Ingyon (Flight Sergeant Kevin Cartwright), James Unsworth (Sergeant Major Reg Drummond), Jonathan Ow (Cheng), Wesley Dow (Private Steven Flowers), Adam Trembath (Lance Corporal Charles Bishop), Nadeem Crowe (Corporal Len Bonny), James Pellow (Major Giles Flack), James Robert-Moore (Leading Aircraftmen Eric Young-Love) and Louisa Roberts (Sylvia Morgan).

Times: 7.30pm, with Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets: £16 – 18.50; £13.50 – 16 concessions; £13.50 (Friday previews). To book, call the box office on 020 8858 7755 or visit www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk/.

Also at Greenwich Theatre: The Trials of Oscar Wilde, in aid of the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity, Stonewall (June 15) and Sparkle and Dark Theatre Company’s Killing Roger (June 16 and 17).