James Graham’s adaptation of Alan Bleasdale’s ‘BOYS FROM THE BLACKSTUFF’ to transfer to the West End

James Graham’s powerful new adaptation of Alan Bleasdale’s seminal TV drama, BOYS FROM THE BLACKSTUFF, directed by Kate Wasserberg, will transfer to the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End for a strictly limited eight-week season from Thursday 13 June 2024, following runs at Liverpool’s Royal Court and the National Theatre.

The cast will include George Caple (Doctor Who, BBC; a member of the Liverpool Everyman Rep company) as Snowy/Kevin/Scotty, Dominic Carter (DC Hooch in Coronation Street, ITV; Janos Slynt in Game of Thrones, HBO; The Responder, BBC; Around the World in 80 Days, BBC; Crossfire, BBC) as Molloy/Marley/Landlord/Catholic Priest/Policeman, Helen Carter (The Flint Street Nativity at Liverpool Everyman, Top Girls at the Royal Court) as Miss Sutcliffe/Freda/Margaret, Aron Julius (Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile; Death in Paradise, BBC; DCI Banks, ITV) as Loggo, Nathan McMullen (Doctor Who Christmas Special, BBC; Finn Samson in Misfits, E4; Wagatha Christie: Rooney v Vardy, Ambassadors Theatre) as Chrissie, Lauren O’Neil (Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall; This House, National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and Garrick Theatre; King Lear, Chichester and BAM, New York; Women Beware Women, National Theatre) as Angie/Jean/Lawton/Student/Lollipop Lady, Jamie Peacock(Masquerade, Epstein Theatre) as Moss/Anglican Reverend, Barry Sloane (Chris Fischer in The Bay, ITV; DS Lawson in Litvinenko, ITV; Aiden Mathis in Revenge, Channel 4; Niall Rafferty in Hollyoaks, Channel 4; originated the role of Troy Whitworth in Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem, West End and Broadway) as Yosser, Liam Tobin (Sean in Then and Now, a member of the Liverpool Everyman Rep company) ensemble and Mark Womack (Barry in The Responder, BBC; DI Malone in Emmerdale, ITV; Eddie Spearritt in Hillsborough, ITV; Jack in Sorted, BBC; David Callard in Murphy’s Law, BBC; DC Mark Callaghan in Liverpool 1, ITV) as Dixie.

1980s Liverpool.  Chrissie, Loggo, George, Dixie and Yosser are used to hard work and providing for their families.  But there is no work and there is no money.  What are they supposed to do?  Work harder, work longer, buy cheaper, spend less?  They just need a chance.  Life is tough but the lads can play the game.  Find the jobs, avoid the ‘sniffers’ and see if you can have a laugh along the way.

BOYS FROM THE BLACKSTUFF is directed by Kate Wasserberg (Artistic Director, Theatr Clwyd), with set and costume design by Amy Jane Cook, lighting design by Ian Scott, movement direction by Rachael Nanyonjo, original music composed and sound design by Dyfan Jones, associate sound design by Kate Harvey, audio visual design by Jamie Jenkin, fight direction by Rachel Bown-Williams of RC-Annie Ltd and associate movement direction by Jocelyn Prah. Staff director is Lauren Dickson.

BOYS FROM THE BLACKSTUFF will be staged at Liverpool’s Royal Court from 19 April to 11 May and the Olivier Theatre from 22 May to 8 June.

Bill Kenwright Ltd presents the Liverpool’s Royal Court and National Theatre production of BOYS FROM THE BLACKSTUFF at the Garrick Theatre, London.

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