The Original Theatre Company is delighted to announce that, due to popular demand, its production of Torben Betts’s critically acclaimed INVINCIBLE will tour the UK for a second time, once again directed by Christopher Harper. The 2017 tour will open at Royal and Derngate in Northampton on 24 January 2017.
Alastair Whatley, Emily Bowker and Graham Brookes will reprise the roles of Oliver, Emily and Alan respectively. Elizabeth Boag joins the 2017 tour as Dawn.
Artistic Director of The Original Theatre Company, Alastair Whatley, said of the second UK tour, “We are delighted to be taking Invincible back on the road in 2017. Torben’s state of the nation comedy reached out to audiences across the UK in 2016 with his vision of a nation divided, cleft in two down the Watford Gap. We look forward to navigating the play through post-Brexit Britain in 2017.”
With the recession biting hard, Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middle-class London lifestyle to a small town in the north of England. One night, they open their doors to their next door neighbours, Dawn and Alan. Over the course of a disastrous evening of olives, anchovies, Karl Marx and abstract art, class and culture collide, resulting in consequences that are both tragic and hilarious.
INVINCIBLE had its world premiere at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond in 2014 and transferred later that same year to St James Theatre, London. Invencible, a Spanish version of INVINCIBLE, has just begun a nine-month tour of Spain, starring Spanish film actress Maribel Verdu.
Torben Betts was born in Lincolnshire and studied at Liverpool University. He became the resident dramatist at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre in 1999. Poet and dramatist Liz Lochhead said Betts and is just about the most original and extraordinary writer of drama we have. His play The Unconquered won Best New Play 2006/07 at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland. 2015 saw a revival of his acclaimed 2012 play Muswell Hill at London’s Park Theatre, his latest work, What Falls Apart, opened at Newcastle’s Live Theatre, and his version of Chekhov’s The Seagull was staged at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. In February 2016, Betts adapted Get Carter for Northern Stage in Newcastle.
Director Christopher Harper is an Associate of the Original Theatre Company and directed their 2011 production of See How They Run. As an actor, he played Benedick on a world tour of Much Ado About Nothing for the Globe and starred as Victoria Wood’s son, Cliff Last, in the television film Housewife 49.
INVINCIBLE is designed by Victoria Spearing, with sound by Max Pappenheim. The national tour is produced by Tom Hackney for The Original Theatre Company, Adrian Grady for Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and Ghostlight Theatre Production (a Bob and Co Company).
2017 TOUR SCHEDULE
24 – 28 January Royal & Derngate, Northampton 01604 624811
www.royalandderngate.co.uk On sale
31 Jan – 4 February Derby Theatre 01332 59 39 39
www.derbytheatre.co.uk On sale soon
8 – 10 February Cast Doncaster 01302 303 959
Castindoncaster.com On sale 21 Nov
16 – 18 February Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield 01484430528
thelbt.org On sale 9 Dec
22 – 25 February Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough 01723 370541
www.sjt.uk.com On sale soon
1 – 4 March Cambridge Arts Theatre 01223 503333
www.cambridgeartstheatre.com On sale
7 – 11 March Palace Theatre, Southend 01702 351135
www.palacetheatresouthend.co.uk On sale soon
15 – 18 March Harrogate Theatre 01423 502 116
www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk On sale soon
21 – 25 March Lichfield Garrick Theatre 01543 412110
www.lichfieldgarrick.com On sale soon
28 – 30 March Theatre Royal Brighton 0844 871 7650
www.atgtickets.com/brighton On sale