Have you booked yet for the 40th-anniversary revival of PRIVATES ON PARADE, Peter Nichols’ renowned British army farce with music by Denis King? Kirk Jameson’s production, with an award-nominated performance by Simon Green as cross-dressing Captain Terri Dennis, is now running at the Union Theatre until 17 December 2017. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite review quotes – and a tweet from our co-founder, the mighty Mark Shenton, below…
Set during the Malayan Emergency of the late 1940s, we follow the exploits of a song and dance unit during their tour of South East Asia as they provide light entertainment for the British Army. Private Steve Flowers is posted to join the small show, which is conceived by and very much starring the wonderfully flamboyant Captain Terri Dennis, whose cross-dressing antics are the talk of the barracks.
Drama Desk award winner Simon Green stars as Captain Terri Dennis, reuniting at the Union with director Kirk Jameson, who directed him in The World Goes ‘Round for the Union Theatre in 2014 at its original address. Green is joined in the PRIVATES ON PARADE cast by Sam Curry (as Private Steve Flowers), Callum Coates (Major Flack), Martha Pothen (Sylvia), Tom Pearce (Charles), Paul Sloss (Len), Matt Hayden (Eric), Matt Beveridge (Reg), Mikey Howe (Lee) and Tom Bowen (Kevin).
Also in the PRIVATES ON PARADE creative team: musical supervisor Nick Barstow, designer Mike Lees and assistant director Phil Croft. The production has been nominated for three Off-West End Awards: Best Male Performance for Simon Green, Best Female Performance in a Supporting Role for Martha Pothen and Best Costume Designer or Mike Lees.
PRIVATES ON PARADE runs at the Union Theatre, Old Union Arches, 229 Union Street, London SE1 0LR until 17 December 2017, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced £22.50 (concessions £20). CLICK HERE TO BUY.
Mates’ co-founders love Privates
Just seen a really lovely & loving production of Peter Nichols’s masterful PRIVATES ON PARADE at @TheUnionTheatre, led by Simon Green in hilarious form as Captain Terry Dennis; gay life in a pre-50s British army movingly caught. pic.twitter.com/dpuetoU0Mu
— Mark Shenton (@ShentonStage) November 26, 2017
The antics of the rest of the troops had me grinning madly. Had to go round & salute them all after! #PrivatesOnParade runs @TheUnionTheatre til 17 Dec.#GetSocial with the cast @StageFaves: https://t.co/vchKaQ2nbB pic.twitter.com/YSUOYr511D
— Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock) November 26, 2017