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Lingua Franca by Peter Nichols

Directed by Michael Gieleta

Brits Off Broadway 59E59 Theater A

from Tuesday 9 November until Sunday 28 November (excluding Nov 25)

Lingua Franca, his new comedy, played a sell out season at the multi Award winning Finborough Theatre, London in July/August.

"Feisty,sexy, delightful!" Ben Brantley New York Times

In the cast are Anna Carteret, Enzo Cilenti, Ian Gelder, Abigail McKern, Chris New, Charlotte Randle and Natalie Walter. It is directed by Michael Gieleta for Cherub Theatre Company with design by James Macnamara and costumes by Emily Stuart.

Lingua Franca follows innocent abroad, Steven Flowers, as he travels from National Service in South-East Asia to 1950’s Florence. He soon finds himself working for a chaotically-run language school, together with a cosmopolitan muddle of seven foreign misfits killing their post-war nihilism in the cafés of Florence, the cradle of Renaissance high culture. The play will be published by Samuel French at the end of November.

Lingua Franca is inspired by Peter Nichols’ own experiences. His plays include ‘A Day in the Death of Joe Egg’ for which he won a Tony Award in 1968. This was revived on Broadway in 2003 with Dana Ivey, Clive Owen and Eddie Izzard. Other plays on Broadway include ‘Passion Play’ and ‘Privates on Parade’. Peter Nichols has also won four Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier and two Ivor Novello Awards for Best Musical.

Anna Carteret (Irena) has peformed in ‘The National Health’ and ‘A Piece of My Mind’ two plays by Peter Nichols. She has appeared in countless plays at the National Theatre London.

Chris New’s (Steven Flowers) stage credits include as Joe Orton in ‘Prick Up Your Ears’ at the Comedy, and in Richard Eyre’s production of ‘The Reporter at the National.

Charlotte Randle (Peggy) was in Nina Raine’s Award winning comedy ‘Rabbit’ at 59E59 in 2008 and has just been in ‘Love The Sinner’ and in ‘Mother Courage’at the National Theatre London.

Ian Gelder has been in many RSC and National Theatre productions. He played Max in ‘The Sound of Music’ London Palladium.

Natalie Walter was Helena in Greg Doran’s productions of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and Maria in ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ RSC 2008.

Enzo Cilenti was in the film of ‘Nine’ and in Armando Iannuci’s ‘In The Loop’ 2009.

Award winning Abigail McKern has recently been in ‘True West’ at Sheffield and in ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ with Douglas Hodge in London.

Michael Gieleta has just received great acclaim for his direction of Smetana’s ‘Hubicka’ (The Kiss) at the Wexford Opera Festival Ireland. He directed Tom Stoppard’s ‘Artist Descending A Staircase’ in 2009 and Glyn Maxwell’s ‘Mimi and The Stalker in 2008. He has been assistant to Michael Boyd RSC ‘The Tempest’, Francesca Zambello Royal Opera House ‘The Queen of Spades,’and Franco Zeffirelli’s ‘Absolutely! (perhaps)’ in London.

Tickets: $25 - $60
Perf: Tuesdays - Sundays,
Tues - Wed 7pm
Thurs - Fri 8pm
Sat 2pm & 8pm
Sun 3pm & 7pm
(Running time 2hrs 15mins)

28 August 2010