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BAD JEWS heads into the West End at The Arts Theatre

Bad Jews cast St James Theatre
Ilan Goodman (Liam) and Gina Bramhill (Melody) in Bad Jews at the St. James Theatre. Photo credit Robert Workman

Following sold out runs at the Ustinov Studio in Bath and St James Theatre in London, the Theatre Royal Bath production of Joshua Harmon’s BAD JEWS transfers to London’s Arts Theatre for a limited 11 week run, Wednesday 18th March – Saturday 30th May 2015.

A beloved grandfather — and Holocaust survivor — has died, and a treasured family heirloom with religious significance is up for grabs. But who is most deserving of it? Bossy, overbearing, fanatically religious Daphna? Her wealthy cousin Liam, who’s just returned from skiing with his non-Jewish girlfriend Melody? Or Jonah, his brother, who would prefer not to get involved in the fight?

A cramped Manhattan apartment becomes the setting for a viciously hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy as the contenders set at each other’s throats on the night after the funeral.

Bad Jews retains the record for being the best selling play to date at both the Ustinov Studio and St James Theatre. There are currently 24 different productions playing or in preparation across America alone.

The original Bath and St James cast will reprise their roles. Jenna Augen will play the role of Daphna, Gina Bramhill will play Melody, Joe Coen will play Jonah and Ilan Goodman will play Liam.

Jenna Augen’s UK theatre credits include Bad Jews (Theatre Royal, Bath – UK Theatre Award 2014, Best Supporting Performance.) The Way of the World (Chichester Festival Theatre), Rufus Norris’ Sleeping Beauty (Birmingham Rep), Chicken Soup With Barley (The Royal Court). U.S. theatre includes The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), A Murder Is Announced (Lyceum Arrow Rock), A Christmas Carol (Grove Theatre Center), The Gondoliers (Sierra Madre Playhouse), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (The Wilton Playshop). Film and television includes The Night Watch (BBC) and Josephine and the Roach. Jenna is a graduate of RADA.

Gina Bramhill’s theatre credits include Chicken (Southwark Playhouse), ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Cheek by Jowl), Six Characters in Search of an Author (Headlong). Television includes Endeavour, Mr Selfridge, The Frontier, Coronation Street, Being Human, Without You, Pete Versus Life, Victoria Wood Christmas Special. Film includes Pleasure Island, The Wedding Video, Red Lights, Lotus Eaters, Made in Dagenham. Radio includes The Marriage of Figaro (BBC Radio 3). Gina is a graduate of RADA.

Joe Coen’s theatre credits include Edward II (Royal Exchange Manchester), The Black Diamond (Punchdrunk), Birdsong (Original West End cast). Television includes The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies, Da Vinci’s Demons season 2, The Bible. Film includes: Son Of God, City Rats. Radio includes The Barchester Chronicles, Framley Parsonage, Spitfire, Twilightbaby.com, An Unsuitable Attachment, Vincent Van Gogh: The Letters. Joe trained at Drama Centre London.

Ilan Goodman’s theatre credits include Arcadia (Nottingham Playhouse), Bad Jews (Theatre Royal Bath), Intimate Apparel (Theatre Royal Bath/ Park Theatre London), Shiver (Watford Palace Theatre), Paper Dolls (Tricycle Theatre), Red Light Winter (Theatre Royal Bath), Tartuffe (English Touring Theatre), Chicken Soup With Barley (Royal Court), Danton’s Death (National Theatre), and Six Degrees Of Separation (Old Vic). Feature Films include The Imitation Game, A Long Way Down, Diana, That Woman, The Echelon Conspiracy . Television includes Call the Midwife (BBC) Yes, Prime Minister (BBC) and Lost Cosmonauts (Discovery Channel).

Director Michael Longhurst’s previous productions include Nick Payne’s Constellations at The Royal Court Theatre and New York and Adam Brace’s Stovepipe. He is an Associate Director of the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton and is also a recipient of the Jerwood Director’s Award at the Young Vic (Dirty Butterfly) and a Fringe First (Guardians).

Playwright Joshua Harman’s other work includes A Boy Named Alice, Love in the Time of Channukah, Princess Bubonic and Terese Raquin.

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Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB
Wednesday 18th March – Saturday 30th May 2015
Monday- Saturday, 7.30pm; Thursday and Saturday Matinees, 2.30pm
Press night: Wednesday 25th March 2015, 7pm
Mon- Thurs and Matinees, £20, £27.50, £37.50, £45; Friday and Saturday, £24.50, £32, £42, £49.50

Monday 23rd February 2015


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