Following runs at the Edinburgh Festival, a UK tour and an acclaimed London season, Oliver Reed: Wild Thing returns by popular demand to London in the new year. This tour-de-force one-man show runs for three weeks at the King’s Head Theatre from 10 to 28 January 2017.
Mike Davis and Rob Crouch’s homage to renowned actor Oliver Reed, makes for a blistering solo show. Join the legendary hell-raiser as he knocks back a few drinks and shares his incredible life story.
From the boyhood excitement of learning he was a descendant of Peter the Great, through the success of Oliver!, boozy adventures with Keith Moon and disastrous chat show appearances – this was a life well lived. But though Ollie may appear an unstoppable force of nature, this is Malta in 1999, and time is fast running out for the ‘Wild Thing’. Rob Crouch brings Reed back to vivid life in a swaggering performance.
As well as portraying Reed on stage, writer and performer Rob Crouch appeared as the notorious hellraiser in BBC’s Rack Pack, other recent TV includes Lovesick, Wasted and Galavant. Theatre acting credits include Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Pa Ubu in Ubu Disco, and Burke in Burke and Hare. Writing includes, most recently, Trolling (Edinburgh Festival), Around the World in Eighty Days, Moll Flanders, The Paranormalists and half of sketch double act Clarkson and Crouch
Writer Mike Davis is a BAFTA-winning and Emmy-nominated producer and director. He has worked at various independent television production companies and produced series, specials, IMAX films and VR experiences as diverse as March of the Dinosaurs, David Attenborough Meets President Obama, Natural History Museum Alive 3D, Battlefield Cell and, most recently, was series director of BBC ONE’s landmark Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough.
Director Kate Bannister is artistic director of the Jack Studio Theatre, where she was awarded best venue director, Fringe Report Awards 2011, for her work in developing new writing. Directing credits include Borderland, Around the World in 80 Days, Secrets from the Long Grass, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Agamemnon, She Stoops to Conquer, Fighting, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! (Jack Studio), Orion (Wilton’s Music Hall), The Miracle (Broadway Theatre) and Let There Be (Riverside Studios).