Inside the Rehearsals of…. Quality Street

J.M. Barrie’s play will be embarking on a UK tour from the 3rd March.

(c)Andrew Billington

Rehearsal images have been released for Northern Broadsides’ upcoming production of Quality Street which is set to open at the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-Under-Lyme on the 3rd March.

Directed by Laurie Sansom (who is also the Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides), the production will then travel to Devonshire Park Theatre, Royal & Derngate, Richmond Theatre, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Leeds Playhouse, York Playhouse, Crucible Theatre, Hull Truck Theatre, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Theatre by the Lake, Blackpool Grand Theatre and The Victoria Theatre, Halifax.

(c)Andrew Billington

Phoebe Throssel runs a school for unruly children on Quality Street. Ten years on after a tearful goodbye, her old flame returns from fighting Napoleon. But the look of disappointment on Captain Valentine’s face when he greets an older, less glamorous Phoebe, spurs our determined heroine to action, becoming the wild and sparkling Miss Livvy, a
younger alter-ego who soon beguiles the clueless Captain. As their romance is rekindled, and Miss Livvy melts the Captain’s heart, Phoebe must juggle both personas while trying to avoid scandalizing the town with her deception, or wrecking her future with the man she loves.

(c) Andrew Billington

The cast is set to be led by Paula Lane, who will be familiar to audiences for her six years in Coronation Street as Kylie Platt, as well as her work in Call The Midwife, Father Brown and Kinky Boots as Phoebe Throssel. She is joined in the production by Alicia McKenzie (Small Island, National Theatre; Bleak Expectations, The Watermill Theatre) as Mary Willoughby / Lotte, Louisa- May Parker (Coronation Street, ITV; Sitcom Stories, Edinburgh Fringe) as Susan Throssel, Jelani D’Aguilar (My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored, Red Ladder
Theatre Company; Planet Caravan, People Zoo) as Fanny Willoughby / Isabella / Sandra, Alice Imelda (Stick Man, Freckle Productions; I Spie, The Telling) as Charlotte Parratt / Jo, Aron Julius (As You Like It, Northern Broadsides; A Christmas Carol and Love, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse) will be Captain Valentine Brown and Alex Moran (War Horse, National Theatre; A Clockwork Orange, Volcano) as Ensign Blades / Arthur / Brenda. The cast is completed by Jamie Smelt (Macca & Beth, Royal Court Liverpool; Ackley Bridge, Channel 4) is Recruiting Sergeant / Georgy / Lieutenant Spicer and Gilly Tompkins (Murder, Margaret & Me, Tilted Wig Productions; Gangsta Granny, National Tour and Garrick, West End)
as Patty / Barbara.

The production’s creative team includes designer Jessica Worrall, lighting designer Joe Price, sound designer Nick Sagar, choreographer Ben Wright and puppet maker Beka Haigh.

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