Beautiful Thing is a glorious urban love story between two young men set on an inner city housing estate. It tells the story of teenager Jamie’s relationship with classmate and neighbour Ste. Together the two boys find comedy, warmth and the music of Mama Cass through their loud-mouthed next door neighbour Leah. The play exquisitely depicts what it is to be sixteen, in the first flush of love, and full of optimism.
Jonathan Harvey wrote beautiful thing when he was just 24. It premiered at the Bush Theatre in 1993 and sold out its five-week run before transferring to the Donmar Warehouse, and then the Duke of York’s, eventually winning its author an Olivier Award nomination and the John Whiting Award. A screen adaptation of the play was released in 1996 by Channel 4 films, which went on to be a cult hit. Jonathan is a regular writer for Coronation Street and wrote the TV hit series Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, as well as the best-selling 2012 novel All She Wants.
The production will star Suranne Jones as ‘Sandra’, Zaraah Abrahams as ‘Leah’, Oliver Farnworth as ‘Tony and introducing Jake Davies as ‘Jamie’ and Danny-Boy Hatchard, making his professional debut as ‘Ste’.
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UK tour – 2013 dates
28 May – 1 June Liverpool Playhouse
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3 June – 8 June West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
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10 June – 15 June Brighton Theatre Royal
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