The Play What I Wrote
The sensationally funny homage to Morecambe and Wise…
When The Play What I Wrote opened in London’s West End, originally directed by Kenneth Branagh, every single review was a rave, every show a sell-out and it won every major theatre award. The Sunday Times called it “a triumph” and The Observer said “audiences weep with laughter”. Now a brand new production directed by The Rep’s Artistic Director Sean Foley and co-written by Hamish McColl, Sean Foley and, of course, Eddie Braben will be bringing sunshine to Birmingham this Christmas.
‘Thom’ has written a play, an epic set in the French Revolution called ‘A Tight Squeeze for the Scarlet Pimple’. ‘Dennis’, on the other hand, wants to continue with their double act. He believes that if they perform a tribute to Morecambe and Wise, Thom’s confidence will be restored and the double act will go on. But first Dennis needs to persuade a guest star to appear in the play what Thom wrote…
With a mystery guest star at every performance, this “recklessly, tear-inducingly funny show” (The Guardian) is “a loving celebration of comic genius which is itself touched with comic genius” (Daily Telegraph).
Previous mystery guest stars have included Ralph Fiennes, Ewan McGregor, Joanna Lumley, Daniel Radcliffe, Kylie Minogue, Nigel Havers, Jerry Hall, Sir Ian McKellen, Dawn French and Sting.
By Hamish McColl and Sean Foley and, of course, Eddie Braben
Presented by Birmingham Rep in association with David Pugh and Theatre Royal Bath Productions
BSL Interpreted Performances
Thu 9 Dec, 2:30pm, Sat 11 Dec, 2:30pm
Socially Distanced Performances
Mon 29 Nov, 7:30pm, Wed 1 Dec, 7:30pm, Thu 2 Dec, 2:30pm, Tue 7 Dec, 7:30pm, Wed 8 Dec, 7:30pm, Thu 9 Dec, 2:30pm, Mon 20 Dec, 7:30pm, Wed 22 Dec, 2:30pm, Mon 27 Dec, 7:30pm, Thu 30 Dec, 2:30pm
Audio Described Performances
Wed 29 Dec, 7:30pm, Thu 30 Dec 2:30pm
Tue 28 Dec, 2:30pm, Thu 16 Dec, 7:30pm
Post Show Discussion
Wednesday 08 December
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Hilarious… The gags come thick and fast producing a kind of comic delirium
I laughed until I cried
A loving celebration of comic genius which is itself touched with comic genius… A glorious brilliantly judged triumph
It’s a cascade of gags and slapstick and knowing allusions: it’s a delirium tremendous… Audiences weep with laughter
Wildly original and theatrical
The most glorious, affectionate homage to one of the greatest comedy duos of all time… I was convulsed with laugher
Mail On Sunday
Dennis Herdman is an actor. He is in the cast of The Play What I Wrote.
Thom Tuck is an actor, writer and comedian. He is in the cast of The Play What I Wrote.
Mitesh Soni is an actor. He is in the cast of The Play What I Wrote.
Mystery Guest Star
Who will you see?
Alexi is an actor, director and improvisor. He is understudy Dennis and Arthur.
Matthew Biddulph is an actor. He is understudy Thom and 2nd cover Arthur in The Play What I Wrote.
The Creative Team
Sean Foley is Artistic Director at The REP. He is also the director on The Covid-19 Variations, Park Bench Plays and directs, co-writes and stars in The Play What I Wrote.
Alice Power is the designer for The Play What I Wrote.
Allison Coyne is the associate director for The Play What I Wrote.
Alice Chambers is Birkbeck Trainee Director at The Rep. She is a director for Park Bench Plays, and assistant director for The Play What I Wrote.
Tim Mitchell is a lighting designer. Tim designed the lighting for the original production of The Snowman, and is the lighting designer for The Play What I Wrote.
Clive Meldrum is the sound designer for The Play What I Wrote.
Paul Hennessy is the production manager for The Play What I Wrote.
Steve Parry is a musician, composer, arranger, musical director, orchestrator and music supervisor. He is the musical director for The Play What I Wrote.
Ian West is a performer and choreographer. He is the choreographer on The Play What I Wrote.
Robin Morgan is the props supervisor for The Play What I Wrote.
Marc Frankum is casting director for The Play I Wrote.
David Pugh is a co-producer for The Play What I Wrote.
Theatre Royal Bath Productions
Theatre Royal Bath Productions is the co-producer for The Play What I Wrote.