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Harvey Fierstein's Tony Award winning comedy-drama tells the poignant story of an outsider's search for love and acceptance.
Starring: David Bedella
Tickets from £24.00
Harvey Fierstein's Tony Award winning comedy-drama tells the poignant story of an outsider's search for love and acceptance. Originally conceived and performed in three acts, drag queen Arnold encounters passion, thrills, love and loss. This intimate and powerful play is bursting with courage and sharp wit, as Arnold fights for his place in the world and his right to happiness.
Douglas Hodge returns to the Chocolate Factory in a directorial role after last appearing in his Olivier and Tony award-winning role of Albin in the Chocolate Factory's production of La Cage aux Folles, which was also written by Harvey Fierstein.
The role of Arnold will be played by David Bedella. David was last seen at the Chocolate Factory in the European premiere of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Road Show. His performance as Satan in Jerry Springer the Opera won him an Olivier award. Other theatre credits include Billy Flynn in Chicago (Garrick Theatre) and Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show (West End and UK tour).
The role of Arnold's mother, Mrs Beckoff, will be played by Sara Kestelman. Sara has worked extensively in theatre, TV and film. Sara's theatre credits include Copenhagen (National Theatre and Duchess), Nine (Donmar) and Cabaret (Donmar) for which she won an Olivier award for her performance as Fraulein Schneider.
The show was great and the actors were outstanding!
Brilliant and energising performance
Brilliant though more should be done to get young people to come
One of the biggest problems we had was booking the show. The seating plan on the website had no resemblance to the actual seating and referring to "Auditorium" and "Stalls" was confusing. When we arrived our seats weren't great which meant we watched the show from the side. The first half was long and awkward and we found out the second half was better but we'd decided not to stay. With a small cast the staging and lighting needed to be a little more imaginative. It wasn't our cup of tea
An amazing show with a lot of heart!
I thought the film was terrific.This play did not disappoint me.
As relevant now as it was then...Love you Harvey!
I read some reviews of this play which had suggested that the storyline was no longer relevant in this post-AIDS crisis, day in age when LGBT issues have progressed since the play was 1st produced and subsequently made into a film. I can only say to those reviewers who claim that the story may be "Difficult for some to engage in" that clearly they have not experienced these transformational life experiences in their own existence. I was touched by the poignancy of the events. Many years have passed since I had last seen the film or a stage production and I can say that these actors brought this issues of unconditional love and acceptance to life again. Perhaps a few missed lines which were barely noticeable for those of us who could identify with nearly every word. Brilliant.
The acting was excellent, the dialogue quick and witty and the message was profound.I also enjoyed the meal in the cafe beforehand. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
This was a well acted show. Have seen lead actor in Rocky Horror Show and he was equally as good in that. Would recommend for anyone although feel children would not really understand the underlying meaning of it. Well worth a visit.
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