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Out of Joint, Cast, Doncaster and Kiln Theatre, London present their national tour and London run of The Glee Club. Star of Coronation Street and Emmerdale and respected stage actor Bill Ward will lead the cast. Fresh from playing Hugo / Loco Chanelle in the West End hit Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Ward will take on the role of Bant in this new production of Richard Cameron’s play to be directed by Out Of Joint’s artistic director Kate Wasserberg.
In the summer of ’62, five hard-working, hard-drinking Doncaster miners, together with their church organist accompanist, are frantically preparing to wow the audience of a local gala concert with their sweet tones. This is The Glee Club, a group of unlikely singers, who though being established in the working men’s clubs, aren’t exactly known for being at the vanguard of a musical revolution. But both Britain and music are about to change … and so too are the lives of these six men, will anything ever be the same again?
Richard Cameron's raucous comedy about friendship and divided loyalty in a rough and rugged world, features the romantic songs of the 1950's performed live on stage.
Bill Ward’s stage career includes Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Viva Forever, Million Dollar Quartet and Spamalot in The West End, Shakespeare In Love at the Bath Theatre Royal and on tour, Look Back in Anger at Northern Stage and The Lady From The Sea at The Royal Exchange. His television roles include Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street and James Barton in Emmerdale.
Joining Bill Ward, will be Joshua Hayes (Breakneck Bronco – Soho Theatre, A Wondrous Place - Sheffield Theatres/Royal Exchange/Northern Spirit) as Walt Hemmings, Robert Jackson (She Ventures and He Wins – The Young Vic, Kiss Me Kate – The Watermill Theatre) as Scobie, Linford Johnson (The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe – Bridge Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing – Northern Broadsides) as Colin Shuttleworth, Kai Owen (Torchwood – BBC TV, The Full Monty – UK tour) as Jack Horsfall and Eamonn Riley (Martha, Josie and The Chinese Elvis – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Our Town – The Royal Exchange) as Phil Newsome.
Kate Wasserberg says “Richard Cameron is one of our greatest living writers, and I am so excited to be working with our partners Cast and Kiln Theatre to produce The Glee Club. With incredible songs and boisterous humour, it is the bittersweet story of one boy's coming of age and the men he knew, held together by their love of music and each other. Out of Joint is above all things a touring company and we can't wait to bring this play, about what unites us even when events threaten to tear us apart, to audiences all around the U.K.”
Kate Wasserberg is Artistic Director of Out of Joint where she has directed Rita, Sue and Bob, Too (Bolton Octagon, Royal Court and tour) and Close Quarters (Sheffield Theatres). Prior to this, she was the founding Artistic Director of the Other Room in Cardiff, which won Fringe Theatre of the Year at The Stage Awards and was nominated for a Peter Brook Empty Space Award under her leadership. At The Other Room she directed, amongst other work Seanmhair, and Play/Silence. She is the former Associate Director of Theatr Clwyd, where where her work included The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Insignificance and All My Sons, A History of Falling Things (Theatr Clwyd with Sherman Theatre, Cardiff). Previous to this she was Associate Director of the Finborough Theatre, London.
The Glee Club will be on stage at Malvern Theatres from Tuesday 7th to Saturday 11th April. Tickets are on sale at the Box Office 01684 892277 and online at malvern-theatres.co.uk.
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