EastEnders‘ alum Shane Ritchie will star in a new digital production of Scaramouche Jones to be broadcast on streaming platform stream.theatre.
Ritchie will play the titular figure in Justin Butcher’s absorbing solo show which is a bizare, comic and hearfelt piece about the unmasking of a tragic clown. Butcher’s magical storytelling bursts with exoticism and lyrical prose as Scaramouche finds himself caught in the riptides of a cruel and changing world.
This powerful one-man drama recounts an epic and mesmerising tale of a life shaped by extraordinary misfortunes, from the shores of Trinidad to England by way of slave ships, Italian royalty, and Croatian concentration camps. A witness to pivotal moments of the 20th century, Scaramouche finds himself at the dawn of a new millennium, marking his own centenary and preparing for death.
Best known for his portrayal of Alfie Moon on long running soap EastEnders, Ritchie’s stage credits include Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in the West End and on tour, Joe Orton’s The Entertainer, One Flew over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Grease, and Boogie Nights, Scrooge: The Musical. Ritchie most recently appeared in the twentieth season of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, where he finished fourth.
Richie said: “I am honoured to walk in the footsteps of the legendary actor Pete Postlethwaite and take on the role of Scaramouche Jones in Justin Butcher’s amazing play.”
The play began life as a piece for Radio 4 in 2001, and was first performed live at the Bristol Old Vic in 2002, starring Pete Postlethwaite.
The piece is directed by Olivier Award-nominee Ian Talbot (The Pirates of Penzance, Regents Park Open Air Theatre; The Mousetrap, West End) with design by Andrew Exeter.
It is produced by Thomas Hopkins and Michael Quinn for Ginger Quiff Media, Amy Hart, Guy Chapman and Bailey Harris-Kelly, with Stream.Theatre.
Hopkins and Quinn said “We’re thrilled to continue to expand our digital portfolio, with what we consider to be one of the greatest British plays. It’s exciting to be working with Shane to bring the character of Scaramouche Jones to life on stage and straight into your living rooms.”
Productions on Stream.Theatre include musicals The Sorcerers Apprentice, Daddy Long Legs, Anna Karenina, The Pirates of Penzance, BKLYN The Musical and Songs for a New World.
Scaramouche Jones will be streamed from 26 March 2021 until 11 April 2021 on stream.theatre. Tickets are £15 plus £3 transaction fee.