It's Headed Straight Towards Us - Park Theatre

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Park Theatre, London
Booking to 20 October 2023
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★★★★ “Pitch-perfect” – The Stage

It’s Headed Straight Towards Us, a new comedy starring multi-award-winning actors Rufus Hound and Samuel West, premieres at the Park Theatre this Autumn.

Acclaimed theatre director Rachel Kavanaugh (The Great British Bake Off Musical) directs this quirky, surprisingly tender, laugh out loud comedy about two actor friends facing certain death on the side of an active volcano in Iceland.

It’s Headed Straight Towards Us is written by British actor-comedians Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer, who rose to fame in TV comedies The Comic Strip Presents, and the BAFTA award-winning cult classic The Young Ones.

A fantastic cast includes Rufus Hound (Hamlet, One Man, Two Guv’nors), Samuel West (Arcadia, All Creatures Great and Small, Slow Horses), and Nenda Neururer (Death of a Salesman).

It’s Headed Straight Towards Us runs from 13 September 2023 until 20 October 2023 at Park Theatre: Park 200

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What's the story of It’s Headed Straight Towards Us?

Two actors, stuck in a trailer on the side of a volcano, in Iceland. The glacier is melting, the volcano is active. Bitter rivalries emerge between fussy ‘bit part’ actor Hugh Delavois and fading Hollywood bad boy Gary Savage, going back to their time at college together, as the film they are meant to be working on collapses around them and the trailer they are in begins to slip. An avalanche wipes out the only escape road and the only bridge to safety subsides into the ravine.

Stuck with them is 21-year-old Leela, the runner on the film, and supposed seismology expert. As their arguments and point-scoring become increasingly fractious, it is down to Leela to contain their petty squabbles and prepare them for the possibility that they may not get out of this alive.

Who is in the cast of It’s Headed Straight Towards Us?

Rufus Hound as Gary Savage, Samuel West as Hugh Delavois, Nenda Neururer as Leela.

Who are the creative team of It’s Headed Straight Towards Us?

It’s Headed Straight Towards Us is written by British actor-comedians Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer, who rose to fame in TV comedies The Comic Strip Presents, and the BAFTA award-winning cult classic The Young Ones.


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Reviews of It’s Headed Straight Towards Us

★★★★ "Pitch-perfect... "Kavanaugh’s production finds the heart of this play, balancing comedy and catastrophe with skill"" - The Stage
★★★★ "Superbly performed by Rufus Hound as n’er-do-well Gary, and Samuel West" - Ham & High

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 20 October 2023
Age restrictions
12+
Running time
2 hours (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


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Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, London, N4 3JP
Nearest Tube or Train: Finsbury Park (National Rail, Victoria Line, Piccadilly Line)
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News about It’s Headed Straight Towards Us

Park Theatre announces 2023-2024 Autumn/Winter season
The Park Theatre in North London has announced its 2023-2024 Autumn/Winter season. The new season will explore a range of themes from cultural heritage to toxic masculinity as well as a variety of uplifting and comic work.  Their festive programme includes a comic retelling of epic sci-fi novel The Time Machine starring The Goes Wrong Show’s Dave Hearn, and 21 Round for Christmas about the chaos of Christmas dinner. Newly announced for the Autumn, Park90 season begins with Edinburgh Fringe favourite Candy (22 August to 9 September 2023) from Reboot Theatre Company, making its London debut. This one-man comedy drama explores identity, toxic masculinity and the complexity of love as single Northerner Will starts falling for his best friend in drag. Another dark comedy to hit the Park90 stage, is the UK premiere of The Nag’s Head (17 to 28 October 2023), featuring original music from folk band Good Habits, and real paranormal accounts from rural England, to explore the story of three estranged siblings who return home after the death of their father.  Following on in Park90, Passing (1 to 25 November 2023) shines a light on the biracial experience in modern day as Rachel desperately tries to hold on to her Indian heritage after her grandad falls ill, and stars Amy-Leigh Hickman. Tightrope Theatre’s powerful drama Ikaria (28 November to 2 December 2023) is presented on the Park90 stage in a punchy and thoughtful love story about finding salvation in someone else, while also exploring men’s mental health.  These new shows join the previously announced Park90 and Park200 Autumn shows: the global premiere based on the stereotype-defying Anime and novel The Garden of Words (10 Augusts to 9 September 2023) in Park200; Sorry We Didn’t Die at Sea (13 to 30 September 2023), an absurdist and political piece offers a story of migration where the roles are reversed; It’s Headed Straight Towards Us (13 September to 20 October 2023) by Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer in Park200; and The Interview (27 October to 25 November 2023) in Park200, an exploration of that interview between Princess Diana and Martin Bashir by writer and broadcaster Jonathan Maitland. This Christmas, The Time Machine – A Comedy (30 November to 30 December 2023) takes centre stage at Park200. Starring Michael Dylan (Wilf), Dave Hearn (founding member of the Olivier Award-winning Mischief Theatre, The Goes Wrong Show) and Amy Revelle (Offside), this play within a play is a fast-paced and hilarious retelling (loosely based) on H G Wells’ post-apocalyptic science fiction novel.  Also exploring the concept of time, 21 Round for Christmas (6 to 23 December 2023), running adjacent in Park90, is a comical and chaotic one-woman show about memory, friendship and regrets.  Kicking off the new year at Park Theatre is the UK premiere of the feel-good comedy that inspired the Netflix hit, Kim’s Convenience (8 Jan – 10 Feb), in Park200. This hilarious and heartfelt comedy drama tells the story of the Kim’s and their family-run Korean convenience store in Toronto, written by and starring Ins Choi. The show pays homage to generations of immigrants who have made Canada the country that it is today. The final show in the season will be Philip Ridley’s Leaves of Glass (16 Jan – 10 Feb) at Park90, which returns to the venue after its sell-out success and critical acclaim earlier this year. Artistic Director Jez Bond said: “Following our splendid 10th anniversary gala in the spring, it’s fantastic to be moving into our Autumn / Winter season in this landmark year with such an eclectic programme, including some comedy gems to lighten the darker months. We’re continually humbled by the support of so many who bought tickets to the gala event and bid in the auction to help support Park Theatre, as well as to all audiences who have supported us over the decade. Not withstanding this effort, of course, our fundraising efforts must continue to ensure our future resilience. In Park200 it’s a pleasure to welcome back Original Theatre who follow their production of The Interview with The Time Machine – A Comedy, a fabulous Christmas comedy adventure. We’re also excited to be partnering for the second time with Adam Blanshay Productions to stage Ins Choi's Kim’s Convenience, the feel-good comedy that inspired the Netflix hit. Meanwhile Park90 presents the Edinburgh Fringe hit Candy, spooky new comedy The Nag’s Head, the world premiere of comedy-drama Passing and a short London run of the powerful drama Ikaria which tours the UK – along with 21 Round for Christmas, a laugh-out-loud one woman show, for the festive period. Finally, it’s a rare event to welcome back a show that’s already played on our stage but after the sell-out success and critical acclaim of Leaves of Glass we are giving those who missed it the first time (or want to see it again) the chance to experience this engrossing drama.”
It’s Headed Straight Towards Us at the Park Theatre: Nenda Neururer joins Rufus Hound & Samuel West
Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer's new comedy It's Headed Straight Towards Us has revealed full casting ahead of its world premiere at the Park Theatre this September 2023. Nenda Neururer (Death of a Salesman, The Rising) is set to join the cast as Leela, alongside the previously announced cast of Rufus Hound as Gary Savage and Samuel West as Hugh Delavois. Billed as a quirky, surprisingly tender, laugh out loud comedy, It’s Headed Straight Towards Us is directed by Rachel Kavanaugh (The Great British Bake Off Musical), and written by British actor-comedians Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer, who rose to fame in TV comedies The Comic Strip Presents, and the BAFTA award-winning cult classic The Young Ones. In the show, two actors are stuck in a trailer on the side of a volcano, in Iceland. The glacier is melting, the volcano is active, and bitter rivalries start to emerge between fussy ‘bit part’ actor Hugh Delavois and fading Hollywood bad boy Gary Savage, going back to their time at college together. Stuck with them is 21-year-old Leela, the runner on the film, and supposed seismology expert. As their arguments and point-scoring become increasingly fractious, it is down to Leela to contain their petty squabbles and prepare them for the possibility that they may not get out of this alive. Produced by Jonathan Church Theatre Productions and RJG Productions, the comedy is running at the Park Theatre from 13 September to 20 October 2023. More about tickets to It's Headed Straight Towards Us at the Park Theatre
Rufus Hound and Samuel West to star in new play from The Young Ones Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer
Rufus Hound and Samuel West will star in It's Headed Straight Towards Us, a new comedy written by Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer. Running at the Park Theatre from 13 September to 20 October 2023, the play follows two actor friends stuck in a trailer on the side of a volcano. As the volcano erupts, so do bitter rivalries from their college days with the only one keeping it all togther is 21-year-old Leela, the runner on the film, and supposed seismology expert. Acclaimed theatre director Rachel Kavanaugh (The Great British Bake Off the Musical) directs multi-award-winning actors this quirky, surprisingly tender, laugh out loud comedy. It’s Headed Straight Towards Us is written by British actor-comedians Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer, who rose to fame in TV comedies The Comic Strip Presents, and the BAFTA award-winning cult classic The Young Ones. Rufus Hound said today, “Nigel and Ade have written something of rare brilliance. Poetic, comedic and human in equal measure and a keen observation of the fragility of the male ego; of actors especially. (Please note in all publications of this statement, that I come ahead of Samuel in the billing). I am more excited than I have been about anything in ages. I think this may well be magnificent.” Samuel West also commented, “Just what the world needs: another examination of the irrelevance of the white male middle-aged actor. I’ve had to do a LOT of research. This one’s very funny though, and true, and touching. Two dinosaurs like Rufus and me should be able to do Ade and Nigel’s beautiful script justice. And if not, we’ll just blame the millennials.” It’s Headed Straight Towards Us is produced by Jonathan Church Theatre Productions and RJG Productions in association with Park Theatre. Book tickets to It's Headed Straight Towards Us at Park Theatre: Park 200

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