J.M. Barrie’s beloved romantic comedy Quality Street will embark on a UK tour in 2023.
In a co-production with New Vic Theatre, Northern Broadsides is reviving their delectable production of Quality Street, stirring in a good helping of Yorkshire wit in a new version for 2023. Having been Laurie Sansom’s directorial debut production as Northern Broadsides’ Artistic Director, the original acclaimed run in 2020 was cut short by the pandemic.
Quality Street will open on 3 March 2023 at the New Vic Theatre and then visit Devonshire Park Theatre, Royal & Derngate, Richmond Theatre, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Leeds Playhouse, York Playhouse, Crucible Theatre, Hull Truck Theatre, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Theatre by the Lake, Blackpool Grand Theatre and The Victoria Theatre, Halifax. The tour will conclude on World Chocolate Day.
Laurie Sansom, director of Quality Street and Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides said, “I can’t wait to share this charming re-discovered play with audiences up and down the country who we didn’t get to in 2020. It has the customary wit and boldness of Broadsides’ best work, and has been given an irreverent spin by the wonderful women of Halifax who shared their stories with us and gave us their take on Barrie’s sparkling period comedy. It also has one of the greatest comic parts ever written for a woman in the shape of the spirited Phoebe Throssel, finding her own unconventional way in a Regency world of fans, balls and uniforms. We hope we can bring some brightly coloured joy to audiences looking for some warmhearted entertainment in difficult times.”
Theresa Heskins, Artistic Director of New Vic Theatre, commented, “Way back in ‘The Before’, we and our audiences were so looking forward to Quality Street. It’s a tribute to Broadsides’ tenacity that, three years later, we’ll finally get to unwrap it on the New Vic stage. This time we’re enjoying a bigger share of the tin, as we’re making the show with Broadsides, in our workshops and rehearsal rooms, and opening it here before sending it off on tour.”
Created with a team of retired workers at the Halifax Quality Street™ factory, Quality Street is a scrumptious Regency comedy following the spirited Phoebe Throssel who sets out to melt the heart of her old flame, Captain Valentine, through her alter-ego Miss Livvy.
Quality Street is the perfect treat to unwrap this Spring.
Full cast to be announced.
Quality Street UK Tour Performance Dates:
New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme
3rd March – 25th March 2023
Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
29th March – 1st April 2023
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
4th – 8th April 2023
12th April – 15th April 2023
Octagon Theatre Bolton
25th April – 6th May 2023
10th – 13th May 2023
York Theatre Royal
16th – 20th May 2023
Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
25th May – 27th May 2023
Hull Truck Theatre
31st May – 3rd June 2023
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
6th – 10th June 2023
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
13th – 17th June 2023
Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
20th – 24th June 2023
Blackpool Grand Theatre
27th June – 1st July 2023
The Victoria Theatre, Halifax
4th – 7th July 2023