After having its original run postponed due to COVID-19, Andrew Corbet Burcher’s comedy Going Ape!, brings its Garden of Eden to the Union Theatre next month with a cast led by Wendi Peters. Time to book your tickets!
The tale of an extremely unusual meeting, which was due to run at the Southwark venue in April, finally takes to the stage from 10 to 21 November 2020.
Adam and Eve, who lived for 900 years after their expulsion from the Garden of Eden, are both waiting for the arrival of their eldest son Cain, dropping in for a short visit to break the monotony of his homeless wandering life.. A life sentence imposed on him by God for killing his brother Abel.
But Cain brings with him a woman he’s met in Africa. She is Australopithecus Afarensis, the earliest known woman. As Cain’s girlfriend is introduced to the family, it soon becomes clear that they are destined to put on the first show on earth!
Peters was most recently be seen as Madame Latour in the UK Tour of the premiere of John Cleese’s farce Bang Bang! and is best known for her role as Cilla Battersby Brown in Coronation Street, which led to appearances on many programmes including Celebrity Mastermind and Celebrity MasterChef, in which she reached the finals.
She is joined in the cast by Anabel Kutay, who appeared in an earlier production of Going Ape! when it ran at the Dance Attic in 2018, Jeremy Taylor, Nick Barclay, Henry Collie and Laura Tyrer.
Former dancer Kutay boasts London stage credits including Pinocchio at the National Theatre and Drew McOnie‘s Jekyll And Hyde at The Old Vic, where she also performed in The Lorax. Taylor has played Raoul (The Phantom of the Opera) and Fiyero (Wicked) in the West End, while Barclay’s credits include The Mousetrap and The 39 Steps. Collie is best known for film Lancaster Skies. Tyrer toured the UK in 9 to 5.
When Corbet Burcher is not writing plays, he runs the Dance Attic dance and rehearsal studios in Fulham, founded with then-wife Dee Dee Wilde in 1982. When the earlier version of Going Ape! was staged at the venue in 2018, it received four-star reviews from North West End Reviews and Theatre Review. Corbet Burcher’s other plays include Last Tango in Toytown, written while he was serving in the Royal Artillery.
Evan Ensign, who directed the first production of Going Ape!, returns to direct the Union Theatre production. He previously directed the 20th anniversary US tour of RENT, Richard Thomas‘ Wrong Songs for Christmas at the National Theatre, UK tours of Avenue Q and Just a Housewife, and New York productions of Womyn In Three, Out of the Reach of Children and Simone at Town Hall.
As part of its work to make the venue COVID-safe, the Union Theatre has removed its usual seating and replaced it with ‘bubbles’ of seating for 2 or 4 people, increasing the floor space for the audience. Bubbles can be booked for two or four people. The theatre also has santiser stations around the venue, is operating temperature checks before audiences enter and is asking to people to wear masks inside the venue and during the show unless medically exempt.
Going Ape! runs at The Union Theatre, 229 Union Street, Southwark, SE1 0LR from 10 to 21 November 2020, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays 7.30pm, matinees Sunday 2.30pm. Tickets are priced £20. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!!