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The Original Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal present

The Night Watch

From the international number one best-selling author Sarah Waters

Adapted by Hattie Naylor

National Tour Autumn 2019

The Night Watch is the thrilling and beautiful story from the award-winning, number one best-selling author, Sarah Waters (Tipping the Velvet, The Paying Guest and The Little Stranger).

London in the 1940s. A time when hearts beat faster and life burned more brightly. The Night Watch is a tender, tragic and beautifully poignant portrait of four ordinary people caught up in the aftermath of an extraordinary time.

Olivier-nominated playwright Hattie Naylor creates a gripping and theatrically inventive adaptation of this great modern novel. From the team that brought you Birdsong, The Habit of Art and The Importance of Being Earnest this eagerly anticipated brand new production is set to shine on tour for the first time.

Age Guidance: 13+

Hattie Naylor’s exceptional adaptation of the best-selling novel. The Guardian

Flawless. A sophisticated beautifully written novel.” The Washington Post

One of the best storytellers alive today.” Independent on Sunday

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Rose Theatre Kingston, The Original Theatre Company and Karl Sydow present

Valued Friends

by Stephen Jeffreys

directed by Michael Fentiman

Fri 20 Sep – Sat 12 Oct, Rose Theatre Kingston

You used to get some really good conversation in this flat. Burning issues and moral dilemmas and things. Now all everyone talks about is money.

It’s 1980s London and change is happening. The city is ablaze with social, political and cultural upheaval and in a basement flat in Earls Court, four friends in their mid-thirties are scrabbling to keep their heads above water.

Housemates for more than 10 years, Sherry is a hapless, quirky comedian; Paul, a keen music journalist; Marion, a straight-talking realist; and Howard, an earnest academic writing about the corruption of capitalism. The friends are thrown unexpectedly into a battle of nerves when a young, confident property developer offers them a substantial fee to vacate their home in West London.

Spurred on by the revolutions of their time, they quickly realise they hold all the cards in this real-life game of Monopoly and over the course of three years, they manipulate a burgeoning property market one cup of tea at a time.

Stephen Jeffreys’ play was an instant classic when first performed at Hampstead Theatre in 1989 winning the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright, with a cast that featured Jane Horrocks, Peter Capaldi, Tim McInnerny, Serena Gordon, Martin Clunes and Peter Caffrey.

Valued Friends is a compelling comedy drama set to the soundtrack of 1980s London and against the backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain. This brand new production directed by Michael Fentiman will be the first revival of the play in 30 years.

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The Original Theatre Company present

Gwen Taylor in

The Croft

A thriller by Ali Milles

Directed by Philip Franks

Based on a true story

National Tour Spring 2020 

In the remote Scottish Highlands two women arrive at a former Crofters Hut in the deserted village of Coillie Ghille. When suddenly the weekend getaway takes an unexpected turn. Cut off from the modern world, Laura and Suzanne find themselves drawn into the dark history of the Croft and the lives that passed before them.

In this bold and haunting new play the present interweaves with the past as ancient tales surface and the terrifying truth lurking In the Croft is revealed.

Directed by award-winning director Philip Franks (The Habit of Art) and produced by The Original Theatre Company (The Habit of Art, The Night Watch, Birdsong), The Croftwill be setting pulses racing this Spring.

Starring national treasure Gwen Taylor  – best know to millions of fans as the star of the hit TV show Barbara. Her other notable television contributions include the BAFTA-nominated series A Bit of A Doas well as regular fixtures Ann Foster in Coronation Streetand Peg in Heartbeat.

Age guidance 12+

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The Original Theatre Company and The Anthology Group in association with Peter Stickney and York Theatre Royal

Alan Bennett’s

The Habit of Art

TOURING SPRING 2020

Directed by Philip Franks

Starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland

‘The result is a take on life, sexuality, death and everything, that is witty, moving, laugh-aloud funny and understatedly profound… the cast uniformly stunning’ The Guardian/Observer ☆☆☆☆☆

‘Kelly and Yelland are on top form heading an ensemble who highlight the way that art is both magical and mundane… ambitious, revealing and hugely entertaining.’ The Times ☆☆☆☆

‘It’s sharp, and often funny, teasing and important. The play holds up, even better, ten years on.’ Libby Purves ☆☆☆☆

‘Thought-provoking and expertly played, this is not a production to be missed.’  Broadway World ☆☆☆☆☆

‘The whole cast  gave a performance that was both thought provoking and funny.’ Fairy Powered Productions ☆☆☆☆

Alan Bennett is one our greatest and most celebrated playwrights, with a cavalcade of stage and screen blockbusters including The History Boys, The Madness of King George and Talking Heads. He is applauded as a genius for his sharp character observations and treasured for the way he beautifully balances wit, wistfulness and compassion.

In The Habit of Art, Bennett gives us a play about a meeting between the poet WH Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten.

Exploring friendship, rivalry and heartache this multi layered masterpiece examines the joy, pain and emotional cost of creativity.

This production directed by Philip Franks marks the first ever revival of the play and stars the Olivier Award winning Matthew Kelly (Of Mice and MenToast and Pride and Prejudice) and David Yelland (Chariots of Fire and The Crown) with Veronica Roberts (Tenko, Peak Practice), Robert Mountford (Anita and Me), John Wark (Dead Sheep), Jessica Dennis (Henry Vand The Tempest, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre) and Benjamin Chandler (Passing From The Third Floor Back).

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