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Main House Charlie Stemp, Issy Van Randwyck

Rough Crossing

by Tom Stoppard
  • 25 February - 2 March

Event Information

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm

Bill Kenwright presents a brand new production of one of Tom Stoppard’s most hilarious and brilliant plays, Starring Issy Van Randwyck, Matthew Cottle, Simon Dutton, Rob Ostlere and CHARLIE STEMP.

Two famous but desperate playwrights are stuck on an ocean liner heading for New York, feverishly trying to rehearse their latest show before reaching land, and opening night. But they are constantly distracted by their delicate composer’s attempts to end it all, having overheard his lover confess her feelings to the leading man. Add an absurdly unorthodox waiter, a mis-timed lifeboat drill and a vanishing glass of brandy and soon the sharp Atlantic winds turn to world-class gales of laughter as these colourful characters become tangled up in a typically Stoppardian string of absurd events.

Charlie Stemp shot to fame for his award-winning portrayal of Kipps in the West End revival of Half A Sixpence, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, and has starred on Broadway opposite Bernadette Peters in Hello Dolly. The cast also includes Fascinating Aida’s Issy Van RandwyckMatthew Cottle (Game On, The Windsors), Simon Dutton (Not Going Out) and Holby City‘s Rob Ostlere.

“Few modern playwrights serve a fizzier Champagne of verbal wit than Tom Stoppard” New York Times
“Hysterical” Broadway World

Further star casting to be announced…

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm

Mon – Fri eves and Sat mat: £22.00 £27.50 £29.50 £32.50 £34.50
Sat eve: £24.50 £28.50 £30.50 £33.50 £36.50
Wed mat: £20.50 £26.00 £28.00 £32.00 £34.00

A booking fee of £1.50 per ticket applies

ROUGH CROSSING by TOM STOPPARD
Songs by Andre Previn, Lyrics by Tom Stoppard
Starring Issy Van Randwyck, Matthew Cottle, Simon Dutton, Rob Ostlere and CHARLIE STEMP
Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh 

Charlie Stemp shot to fame for his award-winning portrayal of Kipps in the West End revival of Half A Sixpence, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, and has starred on Broadway opposite Bernadette Peters in Hello Dolly.
The cast also includes Fascinating Aida’s Issy Van RandwyckMatthew Cottle (Game On, The Windsors), Simon Dutton (Not Going Out) and Holby City‘s Rob Ostlere.

Further star casting to be announced…

When Tom Stoppard was awarded a lifetime achievement in literature award last year he was described as a “giant of 20th-century British drama” with an “outstanding and enduring body of unfailingly creative, innovative and brilliant work”. The author of plays including Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead – which made him the youngest dramatist ever to have a play performed at the National Theatre, Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia and The Real Thing, Stoppard has enjoyed an equally lauded career as a writer for television, radio and film, topped by winning the Oscar for best original screenplay in 1999 with Shakespeare in Love.

André Previn has won multiple Academy Awards for his music scores for Gigi (1958), Porgy and Bess (1959), Irma la Douce (1963), and My Fair Lady (1964) and he received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy from the Recording Academy in 2010.

Rachel Kavanaugh’s recent work includes The Wind in the Willows (London Palladium), Half a Sixpence (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park – Best Musical Revival Olivier Award Nomination).

Box Office is open from 10am – 8pm Monday – Saturday.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance, unless otherwise stated.

All tickets for Main House productions include a £2 building levy.

There is a lift for wheelchair users from the Theatre foyer to the Stalls and Royal Circle levels. The Dress Circle and Grand Circle are stair access only.

Full booking terms & conditions can be found here