Marvellous - Sohoplace

@sohoplace’s inaugural production to be Marvellous; shows from Josie Rourke and Dominic Cooke to follow

Nica Burns and Nimax Theatres have announced that the first production to open at the new West End theatre venue @sohoplace is to be the New Vic’s production of Marvellous.

Marvellous, which will will run at @sohoplace from 15 October to 26 November 2022, is written by Neil Baldwin and Malcolm Clarke, and adapted for the stage by Neil Baldwin and the show’s director Theresa Heskins.

The following two productions, which are yet to be announced, will be directed by Josie Rourke and Dominic Cooke.

Josie Rourke was artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse from 2012 to 2019, and her recent directing credits include movie Mary Queen of Scots starring Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie and Jack Lowden. Josie has been long associated with the development of @sohoplace, having worked on the masterplan for the new venue, alongside people including playwright James Graham.

Dominic Cooke is about to direct David Tennant in C.P. Taylor’s play Good at the Harold Pinter Theatre, starting in October. The director recently directed The Corn is Green at the National Theatre with Nicola Walker. He was artistic director and Chief Executive of the Royal Court Theatre 2006 to 2013.

The show is a joyful and inspiring true story about Neil ‘Nello’ Baldwin who, defying all expectations, has led and continues to lead, the most amazing life. The show is performed by a talented company including neuro-divergent actors.

The cast includes Suzanne Ahmet as Suzanne, Charlie Bence as Charlie, Gareth Cassidy as Gareth, Alex Frost as Alex, Michael Hugo as Real Neil, Jerone Marsh-Reid as Jerone, and Daniel Murphy as Daniel.

Alongside Theresa Heskins as director, is Lis Evans as Designer, Conrad Nelson Original Musical Director/ Composer, James Atherton Additional Musical Director/Composer, Beverley Norris-Edmunds Movement Director, Daniella Beattie Lighting & Projection Designer, James Earls-Davis Original Sound Designer, Alex Day Additional Sound Designer, Paul Groothuis Sound Designer for London transfer, Caroline Wilkes Associate Director, Anji Carroll CDG Casting Associate, Caroline Hetherington Vocal coach, Jenny Holford Personal Assistant to neurodiverse actors, and Patrick Molony & Chris Easton Production Management.

The New Vic theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme is the oldest purpose built, in-the-round theatre in the UK, and so a perfect match for the @sohoplace, which is the first new West End theatre in 50 years, and has a flexible, 602-seat auditorium, purpose built and having its opening season in-the-round.

Nica Burns, Producer and Theatre Owner said: “Marvellous is precisely that, marvellous. A wonderful production of a heartwarming and uplifting tale about an extraordinary man who decided he would lead an exceptional life. And against all the odds, he has and does. The New Vic in North Staffordshire, led by its brilliant director Theresa Heskins, is an absolute jewel of a regional theatre, the cultural beacon of the area and the beating heart of its community. As we open our new theatre in-the-round, we are honoured to be collaborating with and learning from the expertise of the New Vic’s amazing team.”

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