Casting announced for first UK Tour of hit comedy ‘What’s In A Name’

Adam Blanshay Productions has announced the first UK Tour of What’s In A Name?, adapted and directed by Jeremy Sams and based on the award-winning French film and stage sensation, Le Prènom by Matthew Delaporte and Alexandre de La Patellière.

The production will star Joe Thomas, James Lance, Summer Strallen and Alex Gaumond, with further casting still to be announced.

The witty and razor-sharp production, which opened to critical acclaim at the Birmingham REP in 2017, will open at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre from 5 to 14 September 2019, before visiting Glasgow, York, Aylesbury, Cambridge, Windsor, Richmond and Southampton.


Father-to-be Vincent and his partner Anna are invited to dinner by his sister Elizabeth and her husband, Peter. They are joined by childhood friend Carl for a mature and sophisticated gathering.

The meal is lovingly prepared, and wine carefully selected. The friends are prepared for the usual humorous exchanges they’ve come to expect.

But tonight, a startling revelation about the name chosen for Vincent’s and Anna’s expected child becomes the catalyst for a destructive argument which spirals hysterically out of control. Tonight no one is holding back! Egos, childish resentment and unspoken feelings are relentlessly and hilariously exposed for the first time.


What’s In A Name? is written by Matthew Delaporte and Alexandre De La Patellière with adaptation, translation and direction by Jeremy Sams. Set will be designed by Francis O’Connor and lighting design is by Rick Fisher.

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