Michelle Collins will play Meg Boles, Tristan Gemmill will play Goldberg and Paul Hickey will play McCann in a national UK tour of Harold Pinter’s comedy The Birthday Party which will receive a dramatic new re-imagining from the team behind Waiting for Godot. Further casting will be announced in due course for the production which is presented by Mark Goucher and the Everyman Cheltenham.
The tour will open at Everyman from 2-11 April (with press night on 7 April) followed by The Lowry Quays (14-18 April), Oxford Playhouse (21- 25 April), Guildford Yvonne Arnaud (28 April-2 May), Edinburgh Kings (5-9 May), Norwich Theatre Royal (12-16 May), Cardiff New (26-30 May), Richmond Theatre (2-6 June) and Milton Keynes Theatre (9- 13 June).
Everyman Theatre’s creative director Paul Milton is joined by designer Dawn Allsopp, lighting designer Michael Hall and sound designer Steve Anderson.
Michelle Collins has worked extensively in television and theatre over the last 30 years. She has appeared in two of Britain’s best-loved soaps EastEnders and Coronation Street, the hugely popular Two Thousand Acres of Skye and The Illustrated Mum for which she received an international Emmy.
West End theatre credits include: Calendar Girls; Rattle Of A Simple Man; Daddy Cool; Vagina Monologues and Never Forget. Further theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet and The Demolition Man (Bolton Octagon); The Glass Supper (Hampstead Theatre); A Dark Night In Dalston (The Park Theatre); Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK tour); Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK tour); My Dad’s Gap Year (Park Theatre) and How Love Is Spelt(Southwark Playhouse).
Tristan Gemmill is best known for his long running role as Dr Adam Trueman in much-loved British medical drama Casualty and most recently as lead regular Robert Preston in Coronation Street. His most recent appearance in the West End was playing the title role in The Bodyguard opposite Beverley Knight for which he received rave reviews. Further theatre credits include A Street Car Named Desire for Theatre Clwyd, Dangerous Corner for Chichester Festival Theatre and Henry V for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Paul Hickey’s theatre credits include Waste, Our Class, Children of the Sun, The Playboy of the Western World, Romeo and Juliet and Peter Gynt (all at the National Theatre); Fewer Emergencies, Bang, Bang Bang, Crazyblackmuthafukinself, O Go My Man, and Who Cares at the Royal Court; Macbeth and The Deep Blue Sea at the Royal Exchange, Manchester; The Merchant of Venice for the RSC (World Tour); Incognito and Drink Dance Laugh Lie at the Bush; Little Light at the Orange Tree; In The Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play) at the Ustinov. Fred’s Diner and Wallenstein at Chichester Festival; Ghosts at the Arcola; Pentecost and In A Little World of Our Own at the Donmar Warehouse; Helen and I for Druid; Red Roses and Petrol, Lady Windemere’s Fan and The Ash Fire at the Tricycle; Dealer’s Choice and My Night With Reg at Birmingham Rep, The Last Yankee at The Print Room; The Silver Tassie and The Plough and the Stars at the Abbey Theatre.