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(Photo Credit: Alex Brenner; left-right: Bryony Hannah, Adam Garcia and Paul Higgins)
The Park Theatre - in association with Cahoots Theatre Company and David Sloan - has announced a world premiere staging of the late Kevin Elyot's final play Twilight Song, which he wrote shortly before his passing in 2014. Mr. Elyot is perhaps best known for his Olivier Award-winning comedy 'My Night With Reg.' Other notable plays include The Day I Stood Still and Mouth to Mouth.
Previews will begin at the north London venue on 12 July 2017, ahead of an official opening on 17 July and a limited run through to 12 August 2017.
The production coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the passing of the Sexual Offences Act 1967, which decriminalised private homosexual acts between men over 21 in England and Wales. The play itself is set in both the 1960s and the present day.
In their sitting room in leafy north London, Isabella and Basil are getting ready to take Uncle Charles out to dinner. It’s the summer of 1967 and their secrets are starting to crack as the world around them undergoes a revolution. Tracing one family’s hidden liaisons over half a century to the present day, Kevin Elyot’s evocative final play conjures a heartbreakingly funny tale of fathers and sons, desire and denial, and lives half-lived.
The cast of Twilight Song includes Adam Garcia (as Skinner/Gardener), Bryony Hannah as (Isabella), Paul Higgins as (Barry/Basil), Philip Bretherton as (Harry), and Hugh Ross as (Charles).
Under the direction of Anthony Banks, the creative team features scenic and costume design by James Cotterill, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, and composition & sound design by Ben and Max Ringham.
Adam Garcia is a 2-time Olivier Award nominee whose London stage credits include Kenneth Branagh's recent production of 'The Winter's Tale' (Garrick Theatre), 'Kiss Me Kate' (Old Vic), 'Wicked' (Apollo Victoria Theatre) and 'On The Town' (London Coliseum). He is also widely known for his film roles in "Coyote Ugly" and "Riding in Cars with Boys."
Bryony Hannah earned an Olivier Award nomination for 'The Children's Hour' (Comedy Theatre) and has also appeared in the National Theatre productions of 'War Horse,' 'Blurred Lines' and 'Earthquakes in London.' She is perhaps best known for her TV role as Cynthia Miller in the BBC’s "Call the Midwife."
Paul Higgins has previously appeared on the London stage in the Donmar Warehouse productions of 'Temple,' and 'Luise Miller,' the Royal Court production of 'Hope,' and the National Theatre productions of 'The White Guard,' 'Children of the Sun,' 'Paul,' 'An Enemy of the People,' and 'The Hare Trilogy.' He was recently seen as CS Derek Hilton in the popular BBC drama "Line of Duty."
Tickets for the world premiere production are available now.