Eight specially-commissioned monologues by Moira Buffini, Lolita Chakrabarti, Seiriol Davies, Matilda Ibini, Courttia Newland, Meera Syal, Jack Thorne and Paul Unwin will be performed by Jade Anouka, Louise English, Dervla Kirwan, Ruth Madeley, Art Malik, Meera Syal, Sophie Stone and David Threlfall in response to each decade since Aneurin Bevan launched the NHS at Park Hospital, Manchester on 5 July 1948. Each evening will also include music performed by Gloria Obianyo.
This Old Vic commissioned set of world premiere monologues will salute and discuss the past, present and future of our NHS, an extraordinary institution that supports every single one of us. An absolute jewel in our crown.
1940s: Boo, by Jack Thorne, performed by Sophie Stone
The Greatest Wealth is curated by Lolita Chakrabarti and directed by Adrian Lester.
The full line up is as follows:
1950s: At The Point of Need, by Paul Unwin, performed by David Threlfall
1960s: Rivers, written and performed by Meera Syal
1970s: Sister Susan, by Moira Buffini, performed by Dervla Kirwan
1980s: Speedy Gonzales, by Lolita Chakrabarti, performed by Art Malik
1990s: Family Room, by Courttia Newland, performed by Jade Anouka
2000s: Choice & Control, by Matilda Ibini, performed by Ruth Madeley
2010s: The Nuchess, by Seiriol Davies, performed by Louise English
ELF THE CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
Starring LOUISE ENGLISH
December 2018 Arena Tour
LOUISE will star
as Emily, Buddy's stepmother, in the December arena tour of the musical,
The Christmas Spectacular.
Starring alongside Louise will be pop
legend David Essex as Buddy the Elf's grumpy father and Love Actually star and singer
Martine McCutcheon as Buddy's girlfriend, Jovie. Buddy the Elf will be played by
comedy actor Tam Ryan.
This new Christmas production will
feature a book written by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers and
Hairspray) and an original score of new songs.
The original staging will be enhanced with giant screens, showing both computer
graphic backdrops and live-action close-ups.
Essex said: "The big special effects
that we have lined-up are incredible, including a giant sleigh which will fly
across the arena, an indoor snow blizzard and lots of skating which all adds to
this perfect Christmas story."
The 5,000-seat arena layout will have a 70ft wide stage and a 60ft long thrust
stage, with some scenes taking place around and above the audience.
The cast also features Father Christmas
and a line-up of 70 performers, including children from local Pauline Quirke
Academy stage schools.
Elf will be produced by WBP Ltd, the team behind last year's Christmas
spectacular Peter Pan, which played at Arena Birmingham and The SSE Arena,
2018 Arena Tour
Schedule and Ticket Ordering Information:
Click here to visit the
BUDDY THE ELF website
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