Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing returns to the West End’s Arts Theatre
Nikolai Foster’s celebrated anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing returns to the West End playing a limited season at the Arts Theatre from 3 June 2015 – 11 July 2015.
Starring Charlie Brooks as ‘Sandra’, Thomas Law as ‘Ste’ and Sam Jackson as ‘Jamie’ alongside Gerard McCarthy & Vanessa Babirye as ‘Tony’ and ‘Leah’.
Beautiful Thing is a glorious urban love story between two young men set on an inner city housing estate. It tells the story of teenager Jamie’s relationship with classmate and neighbour, Ste. Together the two boys find comedy, warmth and the music of Mama Cass through their loud-mouthed next door neighbour Leah. Jonathan Harvey combines comedy with drama in his critically acclaimed award winning play. Beautiful Thing truly captures what it is to be a teenager and to fall in love.
Over its 20 year history, the play has featured in the careers of many famous actors including Jonny Lee Miller, Suranne Jones, Hugh Bonneville, Philip Glennister, Andrew Garfield, and Rhys Ifans, and has been produced over 25 times worldwide, with international dates in China, France, Canada, Australia and Holland.
Executive producer Tom O’Connell said, “Further to our award-winning West End season in 2013, the demand to bring Nikolai Foster’s sell-out production back to London has been overwhelming. I’m thrilled that it can return to the Arts Theatre, a perfect intimate space for our beautiful, intimate play.”
The producers of Beautiful Thing have partnered with Stonewall, and will raise money for the charity’s No Bystanders campaign with bucket collections in every venue, including the Arts.
Designed by Colin Richmond, with new lighting design by Ben Cracknell and sound design by George Dennis, Beautiful Thing will be a co-production between the Nottingham Playhouse, the Curve Leicester and Tom O’Connell for QNQ Ltd.
Beautiful Thing’s UK tour to include Canterbury, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Guildford, Northampton, Leicester, Cardiff and Brighton.