A new UK tour of John Godber’s comedy will open in Wellingborough on the 28th January 2021 .

It has been announced that Joe Pasquale and Sarah Earnshaw will star as  Al and Bet in a revival of John Godber’s comedy, set to begin a UK tour in January, with audiences socially distanced.

In John Godber’s touching and hilarious classic, we go into the heart of one ordinary couple’s life as they go on both the journey of a lifetime and a journey into their relationship.  Al and Bet are in a rut.  Married for 26 years, their conversations are running dry and life has taken its toll. With his building work sparse and her shifts at the shoe shop getting few and far between there’s little to look forward to, apart from a possible ABBA tribute show in Wakefield and the odd trip to the pub.  But Bet has dreams.  She longs to walk with the Pharaohs in Egypt, sunbathe on golden beaches and climb Alpine mountains, all fuelled by her love of magazine competitions with holidays as prizes.  Finally, her luck changes; she wins a night away for two to Paris in April, via a luxury trip on P&O Ferries out of Hull.

This new production is set to be directed by Richard Lewis, who said about the news: “As I’m sure most people are aware, it is an extremely challenging time for the theatre industry.  It has effectively been banned for over eight months now and has created great hardship – for artists, for theatres and for producers.  As we move into the New Year, it is already clear that only venues that can function with restricted capacity will be allowed to open.  It is hugely challenging for theatres to find the type of product that can operate with these limitations.  This is why I am particularly delighted and proud that Limelight Productions has been able to create a show that can help bring live performance back to its audience.  John Godber’s April in Paris starring Joe Pasquale and Sarah Earnshaw is a funny, touching comedy that lifts the spirits. It will bring a little sunshine into the life of everyone who sees it, and I hope audiences will be encouraged to help support this initiative to bring back live performances.”

Produced by Limelight Productions, the production will visit: The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough, the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield, the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry and Theatre Royal Nottingham. Further dates are to be added.

For more information visit: https://www.aprilinparislive.co.uk/