Beautiful Thing

18th May 2015



Beautiful Thing - Thomas Law, Sam Jackson Phot0: Anton Belmonte
Beautiful Thing – Thomas Law, Sam Jackson
Phot0: Anton Belmonte

Nikolai Foster’s celebrated anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing will run at Leicester’s Curve theatre from Mon 25 – Sat 30 May.

Beautiful Thing is a glorious urban love story between two young men set on an inner city housing estate. It tells the story of teenager Jamie’s relationship with classmate and neighbour, Ste. Together the two boys find comedy, warmth and the music of Mama Cass through their loud-mouthed next door neighbour Leah. Jonathan Harvey combines comedy with drama in his critically acclaimed award winning play. Beautiful Thing truly captures what it is to be a teenager and to fall in love.

Multi-award winning actor Charlie Brooks, best known for her role as Janine Butcher in EastEnders, will lead the cast as Sandra. Other notable credits include Jenny in Bleak House, winner of Strictly Come Dancing, I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!, and a critically acclaimed stage performance in Our Country’s Good (Liverpool Playhouse). Thomas Law, whose role include Peter Beale in EastEnders, Matt Haddon in Casualty and most recently as a young Simon Pegg in blockbuster film The World’s End will star as Ste. Sam Jackson, whose roles include Alex Henley in Skins (E4), Jack in Drifters (E4) and a critically acclaimed performance as Billy Casper in Kes (Derby Theatre), will star as Jamie.

Beautiful Thing - Sam Jackson, Charlie Brooks Photo: Anton Belmonte
Beautiful Thing – Sam Jackson, Charlie Brooks
Photo: Anton Belmonte

Best known as series regular Kris Fisher in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, most recently seen on screen in BBC 2’s The Fall, and on Netflix’ epic Titanic: Blood and Steel, Gerard McCarthy will star as Tony. Other theatrical credits include The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Globe, and Blue/Orange for ATG. Vanessa Babirye, recently seen on screen in BBC 2’s Our Girl, and at the National Theatre in Romeo and Juliet will star as Leah. Also joining the company will be Rob Ellis and Natalie Law.

Nikolai Foster, Artistic Director at Curve and Director of Beautiful Thing said: “Beautiful Thing empowers everybody who sees it. It’s a hugely entertaining play, filled with big laughs, loads of drama and a big heart, performed beautifully by an incredible cast. I am proud Beautiful Thing is part of my first season here in Leicester, where I know it will make a positive difference to many lives.”

Beautiful Thing is a co-production between Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company, Curve Theatre Leicester and QNQ.

Venue: Curve, Leicester
Dates: Mon 25 – Sat 30 May
Performance times: Mon – Sat 7.45pm, Thu & Sat 2.30pm
Tickets: £26* – £16* with discounted tickets available
Ticket office: 0116 242 3595

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