About

    Director Mike Tweddle / Musical Director, Arranger, Sound Designer and Musician Thomas Johnson / Designer Anisha Fields / Lighting Designer Chris Swain / Casting Director Louis Hammond CDG

    Cast:
    Tony Finn Hanlon
    Leah Amy-Leigh Hickman
    Jamie Ted Reilly
    Sandra Phoebe Thomas
    Ste Tristan Waterson

    Beautiful Thing casting announcement

    Beautiful Thing is a play that has charmed and delighted audiences across the world and inspired a cult film of the same name. In its 25th anniversary year, we’re excited to present it as our major autumn in-house production, directed by our Artistic Director Mike Tweddle.

    Teenagers Ste and Jamie are next door neighbours on the Thamesmead estate in South London. Jamie’s being bullied at school and Ste’s being bullied at home. One evening when it all gets too much, Ste seeks refuge at Jamie’s and something frightening and beautiful begins.

    Beautiful Thing offers a razor-sharp depiction of life and love on a post-war council estate, and a gloriously nostalgic trip back to the early nineties. Coronation Street writer Jonathan Harvey is at his insightful and hilarious best in this iconic story, which shows how community can lift you out of isolation and suffering.

    Following his debut production for Tobacco Factory Theatres in spring 2018 of Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge, Mike Tweddle will once again lead a team of local and national artists to present this vital urban fairy tale.

    The show will feature pop songs from the ‘60s and ‘90s performed live each night by our Get Singing Community Choir, who have been brought together especially for this production. Read more about our Community Choir.

    Beautiful Thing ON TOUR

    Following performances at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Beautiful Thing will tour to the following venues:

    NEW VIC THEATRE
    Tue 30 October – Sat 03 November 2018
    newvictheatre.org.uk / 01782 717962

    THE DUKES LANCASTER
    Tue 06 – Sat 10 November 2018
    dukes-lancaster.org / 01524 598500


    DAC_Beachcroft_Secondary Short Logo_CMYK_blue no line is proud to support Tobacco Factory Theatres as it stages its May – Dec 18 season.

    • RUNNING TIME2hrs 15mins (inc. interval)
    • AGE RECOMMENDATION14+
    • TICKETSFrom £12 (limited availability)
    • VENUE

    7.30pm (Tue 16 October 7pm) / Matinees Thu 18, Thu 25 1pm & Sat 2pm (No show Sun)

    MULTIBUYS Book 3 or more shows SAVE 15% and Book 5 or more shows SAVE 20%.

    BSL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE
    Fri 19 October 7.30pm
    tickets@tobaccofactorytheatres.com

    POST SHOW TALK Please join us after the performance on Tue 23 October for a free post show discussion.

    GET INVOLVED:
    SCHOOLS WORKSHOPS

    REACT: BEAUTIFUL THING
    Fri 19 October
    Join us for an evening of theatre and discussion with invited experts and panellists. We’ll dive into the play’s themes of sexuality, bullying, homophobia and love and ask how relevant they are in today’s society. Produced by our team of Young Producers, this is a night made by young people, for everyone. But if you are aged 14 – 25 you can access the whole evening for just £5! Don’t delay as tickets are limited, just add a £5 ticket to your basket. ID will be required on collection. Find out more about REACT.

    INSIDE: BEAUTIFUL THING
    Sat 20 October 10am – 1pm
    Lively discussions, lectures, workshops and Q&A sessions with experts in the field and the director of the production, Mike Tweddle.

    ARTIST MASTERCLASS:
    DIRECTOR’S LAB: BEAUTIFUL THING
    Mon 22 October
    11am – 5pm
    Join our Artistic Director Mike Tweddle on the set of the production for a day exploring the text and the possibilities it offers.

    Business Club Members can get 2 for 1 tickets to the performance on Fri 12 and Wed 24 October at 7.30pm. Book early as this offer is subject to availability. To claim please quote your company promotion code over the phone or in person at the Box Office. Please bring proof of the company you work for.

    Reviews
    • "Deliciously upbeat... truly a most unusual and beautiful thing"

      The Guardian on the original production of Beautiful Thing, Bush Theatre 1993
    • "The rush of excitement and the inarticulate tenderness of young love are beautifully captured in writing of great truth and delicacy"

      The Daily Telegraph on the original production of Beautiful Thing, Bush Theatre 1993

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