After her revival of David Hare’s The Permanent Way in September, I’m delighted to return to The Vaults in October care of producer Debbie Hicks for the UK premiere of Sam Shepard’s Ages of the Moon…
On a hot summer’s night, deep in the American wilderness, Byron and Ames are reunited by mutual desolation. By the fading light of an eclipsing moon, the pair reflect on love and life over a bottle of whiskey – and as old rivalries flare, their forty-year friendship is put to the test at the barrel of a gun.
“Definitely see this play” – New York Times
Ages of the Moon premiered in Dublin in 2009, starring Stephen Rea and Sean McGinley, and then transferred to New York the following year, with several subsequent productions in North America and Canada.
Christopher Fairbank (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet) and Joseph Marcell (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air) star in this UK premiere production, directed by Alexander Lass, who has also directed The Permanent Way as well as, most recently, 46 Beacon (Trafalgar Studios) and No Man’s Land (West End).
What are you doing this Thanksgiving? This American expat will be spending it giving thanks to ‘god’ directly as I return to The Vaults for the European premiere of hit American comedy An Act of God, another in my series of post-show Q&As for producer James Seabright.
God is back… and SHE has a lot to say! After many millennia, and in just 90 minutes, God (award-winning comedian Zoe Lyons as seen on Mock The Week and Celebrity Masterchef) assisted by her devoted angels Gabriel (Tom Bowen) and Michael (Matt Tedford, aka ‘Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho’) will answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since creation.
In this very alternative Christmas message, An Act of God sees a dissatisfied deity, weary of the original Ten Commandments, delivering a new version: a fresh set of rules for the modern world. This sinfully funny comedy delivers a new meaning to divine intervention as The “One” gives the first and last word on everything mankind has wrought on the planet.
“Divinely funny” – New York Times
“Wickedly irreverent… anarchic fun” – Hollywood Reporter
An Act of God, written by former The Daily Show with Jon Stewart writer David Javerbaum, was twice a smash hit on Broadway (starring Jim Parsons, Sheldon Cooper in the TV sitcom The Big Bang Theory, and Sean Hayes, Jack in Will and Grace).
For this European premiere, Javerbaum has rewritten the play to feature bespoke material for Zoe Lyons and a British audience. He also continues to run the controversial Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod, through which God shares his thoughts on world events with over six million followers. Benji Sperring directs the comedy’s European premiere.
After the 8pm performance (90 minutes) of An Act of God on Thursday 28 November 2019 (Thanksgiving!), I’ll talk to our heavenly mother Zoe Lyons, writer David Javerbaum, director Benji Sperring and the company. Any questions? Join us!
— Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock) August 30, 2019
This one will get you into the Christmas spirit, guaranteed. I’m gearing up for the holidays with the hilarious duo of Dan & Jeff, another in my series of post-show talks for producer James Seabright.
Seven classic pantomimes in eighty hilarious minutes! This Christmas, Dan and Jeff (aka Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner) return for a fifth festive season of their Olivier-nominated Potted Panto, hot on the heels of their world tour of Harry Potter parody Potted Potter.
“So silly it’s just one long joke… featuring a 3D journey to nowhere but tear-inducing laughter” – The Guardian
“The hordes of children fall around with delight at the mixture of sarcasm & slapstick” – The Times
In a madcap ride through the biggest stories and best-loved characters from the wonderful world of pantomime, our dastardly double act dash from rubbing Aladdin’s lamp to roaming the golden streets of Dick Whittington’s London and making sure that Cinderella gets to the ball. It’s all unmissable fun, whether you’re six or 106.
“Full of enjoyably terrible jokes, manic costume changes, buckets of poo & a spirit of anarchic goodwill” – Daily Telegraph
“A hoot of a show… Huge fun for five years & upwards” – Evening Standard
In addition to Potted Panto and Potted Potter, Dan and Jeff have had hits together with Potted Pirates and Potted Sherlock. Potted Panto was nominated for Best Entertainment Show at the Olivier Awards following its West End premiere in 2010. It’s directed by Richard Hurst.
After the 6pm performance on Sunday 8 December 2019, I’ll talk to Daniel Clarkson, Jefferson Turner and the Potted Panto creative team. Maybe we’ll get mince pies too?! Any questions? Join us!
Did you see Potted Panto on one of its previous West End runs? So much festive family fun!