The Union Theatre will present Peter Nichols’ Olivier Award-winning play with music PRIVATES ON PARADE next month. Directed by Kirk Jameson and starring 2017 Drama Desk Award winner Simon Green, the new production runs from 22 November to 16 December 2017.
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 (Simon Green), whose cross-dressing antics are the talk of the barracks.
Originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, this revised and rewritten version of PRIVATES ON PARADE was first presented at the Donmar Warehouse with Roger Allam as Terri and was revived in the West End by former Donmar artistic director Michael Grandage with Simon Russell Beale.
The new Union production is directed by Kirk Jameson, who returns to the Union having most recently helming Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun at the theatre. The production reunites Jameson and star Simon Green, who last worked together on And the World Goes Round in 2014 at the Union’s original address.
Green is joined by Sam Curry as Private Steven Flowers, with further casting to be announced. PRIVATES ON PARADE is designed by Mike Lees, with musical supervision by Nick Barstow.