First seen at Greenwich Theatre in 1985, Nigel Williams’ incisive, funny and affecting play about broken sibling relationships, My Brother’s Keeper, receives its first major revival at London’s Playground Theatre later this month. Andy de la Tour leads the production that runs from 26 February to 23 March 2019. Get your tickets now!
Williams’ play is an exploration of the complexities of adult fraternal bonds, when shared childhoods and personal histories work as hard to repel as they do to bind. It poses the question, “Can the shared love of a dying father can overcome any damage done?”
Following a stroke, seventy-four-year-old actor Mr Stone lies dying in a near-empty hospital ward. His two sons, Tony and Sam, together again after several years, try to reconcile their fractured family before it’s too late. In doing so, they confront each other, their past, and the imminent loss of their father.
Former stand-up comedian Andy de la Tour, who boasts acting credits at the National Theatre and Almeida Theatre, leads the cast as Mr Stone. He’s joined in the cast by Kathryn Pogson (Mrs Stone), David Partridge (Sam), Josh Taylor (Tony) and William Reay (Terry). The production is directed by Craig Gilbert, who is the new works associate at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse. He has also directed Bygone at the Young Vic and his own adaptation of Three Men in a Boat, which toured the UK.
Williams has written more than 16 novels, including the bestselling Wimbledon Poisoner. He won the Somerset Maugham award for his first novel, My Life Closed Twice. His stage plays include Class Enemy, Sugar and Spice, Harry and Me (Royal Court), My Face and Line’em (National Theatre) and Lord of the Flies and Country Dancing (Royal Shakespeare Company). He won a television BAFTA for his adaptation of William Horwood‘s novel Skallrigg. and both an Emmy and Golden Globe in 2005 for his TV drama, Elizabeth I. His latest TV series, starring Helen Mirren, Catherine The Great, is due to be aired later this year.
My Brother’s Keeper is staged at the Playground Theatre by Tinted Frame Productions, which was founded in 2015 with the aim to bring bold new writing and existing classics to the stage and screen for a contemporary audience. They are committed to telling stories that inspire, resonate, thrill and reflect a modern day audience.
The show is staged in support of The Stroke Association, the UK’s leading charity dedicated to conquering stroke. The charity delivers stroke services across the country, campaigns for better stroke care, invests in research and fundraises to try to help as many stroke survivors as possible. Stroke is the fourth single largest cause of death in the UK, with 100,000 people suffering a stroke in the UK each year.
My Brother’s Keeper runs from 26 February to 23 March at Playground Theatre, 8, Latimer Industrial Estate, Latimer Rd, London W10 6RQ. Performances from Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with matinees on Saturdays at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced at £20.50 (concessions £18.50). CHICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Meet the cast:
Andy de la Tour‘s theatre credits include No Man’s Land, Pinter Sketches, People (all National Theatre), Celebration, Medea (both Almeida Theatre), The Cutting of the Cloth (Southwark Playhouse), Blue Heart (Orange Tree Theatre) and The Last Yankee (Print Room). His recent screen roles include Good Omens, Victoria, Star Wars: Rogue One, The Confession and 44” Chest.
David Partidge boasts theatre credits including The Secret Theatre (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), All My Sons (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Travels with my Aunt (UK tour), Three Men in a Boat (UK tour) and Bedroom Farce and The Recruiting Officer (both Salisbury Playhouse). On television he has appeared in Mrs Biggs, The Bill, Casualty, Where the Heart Is and Holby City.
Josh Taylor most recently appeared in Poldark and Netflix’s The Crown. His TV appearances include Lucky Man and Casualty. On stage, he has been seen in Each His Own Wilderness, Flowers of The Field, Coward, After the Heat we Battle for The Heart, and for The Faction Theatre Company, Macbeth, The Apartment, Richard III, The Robbers and Arabian Nights.
Kathryn Pogson recently played Eurydice in the Ivo van Hove-directed Antigone at The Barbican. Her other stage credits include The Bachae, Blood Wedding (both Northampton Royal & Derngate), The Cenci (Almeida Theatre), The Crackwalker (Gate Theatre), Masterpieces, The Lucky Chance, Deadlines and Aunt Dan and Lemon (all Royal Court). Film credits include Company of Wolves and Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, while television work includes Vera, Midsomer Murders, Foyle’s War, Reckless and Happy Valley.