Rehearsal images have been released showing Julian Clary and James Nelson-Joyce in Le Grand Mort, which runs at Trafalgar Studios later this month. The play, which was written by Olivier Award-nominated playwright Stephen Clark for Clary, is about a dinner party encounter between two guests: Michael, played by Clary, and his younger guest Tim (Nelson-Joyce). Clark is known for his plays Martin Guerre, Zorro, Love Story and Stripped, which won him a Stephen Jefferson Award before he died last October at the age of 55.
Le Grand Mort Tickets
Julian Clary is to star in the world première of the black comedy Le Grand Mort.
It was written specially for him by four-time Olivier Award nominated writer Stephen Clark (Martin Guerre, Zorro, Love Story, and the play Stripped, which won him a Stephen Jefferson Award), who died at the age of 55 last October.
Directed by Christopher Renshaw, Le Grand Mort will première at Trafalgar Studios from Wednesday 20 September - Saturday 28 October.
In his super stylish, sterilely beautiful Notting Hill kitchen, Michael is preparing dinner for two. As he meticulously cuts the vegetables with almost a surgeon’s precision, he talks, with knife-like wit, about cases in history where the human body has continued to prove useful even after death. As he slices and chops, one wonders who is coming for dinner and what the main course might be. When Tim, his young guest arrives, they engage in a series of funny, thrilling but searingly dangerous mind games, as they try to unravel the reasons why they are both there. Only when the games turn deadly do they catch a glimpse of the sadness and loss within each of them, that enables them to at least begin to connect with the truth, using whatever damaged shreds of humanity they still have left.