AN ALL-NEW version of a dark comedy classic is due to get underway at a theatre near Ashbourne next week.
Michael Hugo is heading to the New Victoria Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme with the Northern Broadsides with his show the Grand Gesture.
The play, which has been created in partnership with Harrogate Theatre. will run in the theatre-in-the-round from Tuesday, October 29 until Saturday, November 9.
The production sees Northern Broadsides’ associate director Conrad Nelson and playwright Deborah McAndrew team up to bring their brand of northern inventiveness and humour to Nikolai Erdman’s dark comic classic The Suicide – now freely adapted as The Grand Gesture by McAndrew.
Simeon Duff is working class, unemployed and desperate. He’s lost all self-esteem. He’s on the scrap-heap and wants to end it all - and so begins a comedy tale about a man on the edge.
When word gets out that Duff is going to top himself, a host of people want to claim his grand gesture for their ‘noble cause’. After all, why waste a good death? But which cause shall it be? Love? Politics? Religion? Or the rising price of fish?
Will the disillusioned Duff go through with it? Will he really kill himself for a dubious cause?
Complete with a band and choir, the production will see Northern Broadsides back with a large cast of northern actor-musicians in a performance describes as ‘comic mayhem’.
The Grand Gesture’s cast includes Michael Hugo as Simeon Duff; Hester Arden as Rosie Philpot; Angela Bain as Sadie; Paul Barnhill as George Timms; Sophia Hatfield as Chloe MacSween; Alan McMahon as Father McCloud; Dyfrig Morris as Nicholas Pugh; Rob Pickavance as Victor Stark; Samantha Robinson as Mary Duff; Howard Chadwick (as Al Bush and Claire Storey as Maggie Johnson.
Tickets for The Grand Gesture are priced from £12 to £21 and are on sale now.
To find out more about the show call the New Vic Box Office on 01782 717962. Alternatively visit the theatre’s website at www.newvictheatre.org.uk.