Hope Mill Theatre announces ‘An Evening With Jonathan Harvey’ online, plus new playwriting prize!

On Saturday 18th JulyHope Mill Theatre will host an online evening celebrating the many works of the well-loved writer Jonathan Harvey. 

An Evening With Jonathan Harvey will include an interview with Harvey, hosted by Hope Mill Patron Denise Welch, and will feature scenes from his past plays including Beautiful Thing, Hushabye Mountain and The Cherry Blossom Tree, as well as songs from musicals that Harvey has written the book for including Dusty: The Dusty Springfield Musical and the Pet Shop Boys musical Musik.

Tickets cost £10 and are now on sale through Hope Mill Theatre’s website. Customers will be sent a link to view the concert on 18th July when a ticket has been purchased. Proceeds raised from ticket money and additional donations will go towards the prize fund for the winning writer.

The cast performing includes: Katherine Kingsley, Frances Barber, Emma Clarke, Gemma Brodrick, Claire-Louise Cordwell, Joshua Asare, Rose Keegan and Danny Lee Wynter.

The evening will also include guest hosts who have starred and worked alongside Harvey, including Oscar winner Olivia Colman, who starred in BBC comedy series Beautiful People, as well as co-stars Meera Syal and Layton Williams.

Further guest hosts include, Catherine TyldesleyTameka Empson and Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman.

The evening coincides with the launch of the Manchester venue’s first ever prize for playwrighting which includes the opportunity of mentorship with Jonathan Harvey for the chosen finalists.

The prize, which has been named Through the Mill, is open to UK based writers over 16 and as of today is now open for submissions. The winner will receive a cash prize of £5,000 as well as having their play produced by and at Hope Mill Theatre.

For more information on submissions and criteria please visit www.hopemilltheatre.co.uk

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