★★★★★ – The Observer
★★★★ – The Times - A wonderful new play
★★★★ Recommended – Daily Telegraph - ..poignant, warm hearted drama…..hankies at the ready”
★★★★ – The Guardian - A beautifully constructed drama
★★★★ Public Reviews
The Independent - Deeply moving
British Theatre Guide - An August Bank Holiday Lark is excellently written, superbly staged and well- acted
Northern Broadsides in partnership with New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme present the world premiere of
An August Bank Holiday Lark
A new play by Deborah McAndrew
Director Barrie Rutter
Designer: Lis Evans
Lighting Designer: Mark Howland
Music Director: Conrad Nelson
Cast: Ben Burman, Emily Butterfield, Elizabeth Eves, Sophia Hatfield, Darren Kuppan, Jack Quarton, Lauryn Redding, Russell Richardson, Brett Lee Roberts, Barrie Rutter, Mark Thomas and Andrew Whitehead. Mug Shots
Northern Broadsides and the New Vic Theatre are set to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War with the world premiere of Deborah McAndrew’s moving new play An August Bank Holiday Lark, the new co-production will premiere at the New Vic from 7 February until 1 March before embarking on a national tour until 14 June.
Set in the idyllic summer of 1914 rural Lancashire, everyone in the community is excited about Wakes week; a rest from field and mill and a celebration of the Rushbearing Festival with singing, courting, drinking and dancing. The looming war barely registers … but it will.
The play is directed by and features Northern Broadsides Artistic Director Barrie Rutter. Earlier this year, Barrie Rutter received much acclaim for his role of John Rutherford in the Broadsides production of Rutherford & Son.
Co-producing with Staffordshire’s award-winning New Vic Theatre, An August Bank Holiday Lark will run at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme from 7 February until 1March and then tour to Lancaster, Halifax, Huddersfield, York, Leeds, Scarborough, Liverpool, Watford, Oxford, Derby, Cheltenham, Kingston and Oldham.