With the UK première of What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined about to open, The Menier Chocolate Factory today announces the world première of Anthony Horowitz’s new play Dinner with Saddam. The production, directed by Lindsay Posner, opens on 22nd September, with previews from 10th September, and runs until 14th November, 2015.
Sanjeev Bhaskar leads the company – his extensive work includes creating and performing in Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars at No.42, and for the stage Spamalot and Dumb Show, as well as the lead in the forthcoming major new series for ITV, Unforgotten; with Nathan Amzi (Urinetown – Apollo Theatre, West End, and In the Heights – Southwark Playhouse), Ilan Goodman (Bad Jews – Arts Theatre, West End and Intimate Apparel – both originally Bath Theatre Royal), and Rebecca Grant (Seminar at Hampstead Theatre; and for television Prisoners’ Wives). Further cast will be announced shortly.
“Saddam, fearful of assassination attempts, was known to move regularly from private home to private home. Even before the war, he declined to spend nights in one of his palaces.” USA Today, 20th April 2003
So what happens when Saddam Hussein turns up on your doorstep and announces he is staying for dinner? Political and personal issues are top of the menu, but behind the kitchen door something else far more sinister is cooking…
Anthony Horowitz is a hugely successful and prolific writer. He is the author of over 40 books including the best-selling Alex Rider series, the recent Sherlock Holmes novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty and the forthcoming James Bond novel Trigger Mortis. For television he created Midsomer Murders and Foyle’s War.
Sanjeev Bhaskar’s theatre work includes Dumb Show (Rose Theatre Kingston), Spamalot (Palace Theatre), Art (Whitehall Theatre), and Peter Sellers is Dead (Whitehall Theatre). For television his work includes Drunk History, Horrible Histories, The Corrupted, Doctor Who, The Kumars at No. 42 (Winner of two Emmy Awards, a Bronze Rose of Montreaux Award and a Brit Comedy Award), The Indian Doctor, Outnumbered, Chopra Town, The Way It Is, Goodness Gracious Me, The Grimleys, as well as the leading role in the forthcoming Unforgotten for ITV; and for film, The Zero Theorem, Arthur Christmas, London Boulevard, It’ a Wonderful Life, Not the Messiah: He’s a Very Naughty Boy, Scoop, The Guru, Anita & Me and Notting Hill.
Nathan Amzi’s theatre credits include Urinetown (Apollo Theatre), In The Heights (Southwark Playhouse), Rock of Ages (Dominion Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (UK tour), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare’s Globe), A Small Family Business (Watford Palace) and Miss Saigon (UK tour).
Ilan Goodman’s theatre credits include Bad Jews (Bath Theatre Royal/Arts Theatre), Intimate Apparel (Bath Theatre Royal), Paper Dolls (Tricycle Theatre), Tartuffe (ETT), Chicken Soup With Barley (Royal Court), Danton’s Death (National Theatre), and Six Degrees Of Separation (Old Vic). For television his credits include Call The Midwife, Yes Prime Minister, Lost Cosmonauts and Broadside; and for film, The Imitation Game, A Long Way Down, Diana, That Woman and The Echelon Conspiracy.
Rebecca Grant’s theatre work includes Avocado (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Seminar (Hampstead Theatre), Around the World in 80 Days (New Vic Theatre/Royal Exchange), and Wah! Wah! Girls (Sadlers Wells). For television, her work includes Breaking the Chain, Prisoners’ Wives (series regular), Holby City (series regular), Other People and Elgar’s Enigma; and for film, Chakara, 3½ Inches, David and Paradise for Sale.
Lindsay Posner returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory having previously directed Communicating Doors and Abigail’s Party (also Theatre Royal Bath, Wyndham’s Theatre and UK tour). His recent productions include Hay Fever (Duke of York’s), Harvey (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Speed the Plow (Playhouse Theatre), Relatively Speaking (Wyndham’s Theatre), A Little Hotel on the Side (Theatre Royal Bath), Other Desert Cities, The Winslow Boy and Noises Off (Old Vic), The Turn of the Screw (Almeida Theatre) and Uncle Vanya (Vaudeville Theatre). He was Associate Director of the Royal Court from 1987-1992 where his productions included Death and the Maiden (which transferred to the Duke of York’s and won two Olivier Awards), Colquhoun and McBryde and The Treatment.
Director: Lindsay Posner; Designer: Tim Shortall; Lighting Design: Howard Harrison
Sound Design: Gregory Clarke; Music by: Matthew Scott
Listings Information Dinner with Saddam
Venue: Menier Chocolate Factory
Address: 53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU
Press Night: 22 September at 8pm
Dates: 10 September – 14 November
Times: Tue – Sat 8pm, matinees Sat and Sun 3.30pm
NB No performances on 13, 20 & 27 September
Additional performances on 14 & 21 September
Box Office: 020 7378 1713 (£2 transaction fee per booking)