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Those Magnificent Men The Story of Alcock and Brown

Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon

New Perspectives

Thursday 4th February at the Corn Exchange Newbury to finish at St Thomas Church Hall County Durham Sunday 16th May.

This new comedy by award winning writers Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon will open at the Corn Exchange Newbury on Thursday 4th February prior to a 4 month tour, including London, in the UK until Sunday 16th May 2010. The press performance is on Friday 5 February at 7.30pm.

C.P. Hallam will play Alcock and Richard Earl will play Brown. It is directed by New Perspectives Artistic Director Daniel Buckroyd. Design is by Helen Fownes-Davies with lighting by Mark Dymock and sound by Tom Lishman.

Captain John Alcock (1892 – 1919), dashing WW1 fighter pilot, and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown (1886 – 1948), navigational genius with a damaged leg, two British pioneers entered the £10,000 world competition created by Lord Northcliffe, to make the first ever non-stop transatlantic flight in June 1919. The play describes their battle against the elements in the tiny timber and canvas cockpit of their converted Vickers Vimy biplane. They were knighted immediately on their return by George V. The Daily Mail prize was presented to them by Winston Churchill.

Their Vickers Vimy biplane is at the Science Museum and there is a Statue of them at Heathrow. There will be a special performance at East Midland’s Airport on Monday 26 April.

C.P. Hallam’s (Captain John Alcock) recent stage roles include in ‘Heidi’ with Northern Broadsides, national tours of ‘Round The Horne’, His TV roles include in ‘Longford’ with Andy Serkis. Richard Earl’s (Whitten Brown) recent stage credits include in ‘The Rover’ Time Out Critics Choice last year. He has recently been in Alan Bennett’s ‘Enjoy’ at the Theatre Royal York.

Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon are the creators of BBC TV’S ‘The Ornate Johnsons’ Edwardian Spectacular and comedy shows at many Edinburgh Festivals including with Jo Caulfield and Joanna Neary. They have been commissioned to write a new project for the BBC in April for Joanna Neary. ‘Those Magnificent Men’ has been commissioned by New Perspectives in association with East Midlands Airport’s New Horizons programme.

Running time: 2 hours

4 February 2010