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The Entertainer

November 25 - 30, 2019

The Entertainer is as British as a seaside postcard with as much to say today as it did then

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Why See The Entertainer?

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Shane Ritchie is The Entertainer

Shane Ritchie steps into one of the 20th century's greatest roles as he stars in this brand new UK tour of John Osborne's classic work - made famous by none other than Sir Lawerence Olivier. Updated to the deep dark 1980s, Ritchie plays end of the pier comic Archie Rice, a man whose own decline mirrors that of the world around him. When a family tragedy occurs, Rice is forced to navigate the choppy waters of national pride in the face of personal cost.

Also starring Diana Vickers and Sara Crowe, this domestic drama is directed by Sean O'Connor. Usually set in the late 1950s, O'Connor's new setting will draw on events of the decade of excess to freshen up Osborne's play for new audiences.

What is the story?

A devastating and disarming portrait of an angry middle-aged man (a progression from the angry young man trope) we follow vaudeville hoofer Archie Rice who sees his once illustrious career reduced to playing in a seedy nude revue at the seaside in a ramshackle old music hall. At home, Archie's life is less than rosy; his son has left to liberate the Falklands, a move (and a war) his daughter Jean has long campaigned against. With so much opposition in the family home, is it any wonder why Archie's anger spills out in jingoistic songs, racist jokes and bitterness towards foreigners?

Confronted with the truth that he must leave his old fashioned beliefs behind, or avoid being consumed by them, Osbourne explores the decline of the British Empire and the struggles in the abroad - an eerie echo of what is happening today.

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Dates

Opening night: 25 November 2019

Cast and Creative

Cast

Shane Ritchie as Archie Rice
Diana Vickers as Jean Rice
Sara Crowe as Phoebe Rice
Pip Donaghy as Billy Rice
Christopher Bonwell as Frank Rice

Creative

Written by John Osbourne
Directed by Sean O' Connor 

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