PREVIEW: Kenny Morgan, Arcola Theatre

It’s been confirmed that two-times Olivier Award nominee Paul Keating will star in the world premiere of Kenny Morgan at the Arcola Theatre. 

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Paul Keating in Kenny Morgan. Photograph by Idil Sukan. 

February, 1949. The tenants of a boarding house in Camden Town, alerted by the smell of gas from Number Three, discover a young man lying unconscious – and the signs of a suicide attempt. Hastening towards his address book, they phone the first name on the list. It is none other than Mr Terence Rattigan.

This is the world premiere of Mike Poulton’s new play is a conjectural reconstruction a day in the life of a young man who nine years previously had received the British Film Industry’s ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ award.

Kenny Morgan is directed by Lucy Bailey and tells a story of secrets and lies, of
destructive passions and unrequited love. It draws upon the real events behind the creation of what would become arguably Terence Rattigan’s best and most celebrated play: The Deep Blue Sea.

As well as Paul Keating in the title role, the cast also includes: Matthew Bulgo, Simon Dutton,George Irving, Lowenna Melrose, Pierro Niel-Mee and Marlene Sidaway.

The production will also include designs by Robert Innes Hopkins, sound by Neil McKeown and lighting by Jack Knowles.

Talking about his new play Mike Poulton said: “In a letter to John Osborne, Terence Rattigan wrote: ‘Perhaps I should rewrite Deep Blue Sea as it really was meant to be, but after 20 years I just can’t remember why I made all that fuss.’ I have not attempted to rewrite or adapt Rattigan’s greatest play; I have simply looked at the events that inspired him to write it and, using the same Greek structure he employed, written a new play based on certain concealed truths.”

Kenny Morgan will play at the Arcola Theatre from the 18th May to the 18th June. For more information and to book tickets visit:

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