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Main House John Partridge, Charlie Stemp, Issy Van Randwyck

Rough Crossing

by Tom Stoppard
  • 25 February - 2 March
Rough Crossing

Event Information

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm

Performed from Mon 25 Feb — Sat 2 Mar

All aboard for the long-awaited return of ROUGH CROSSING, from Academy, Tony and Olivier Award-winning writer Tom Stoppard, directed by acclaimed director Rachel Kavanaugh.

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.

The star cast is led by John Partridge, winner of this year’s Celebrity Masterchef, well known to TV audiences as EastEnders’ charismatic Christian Clarke, and one of the West End theatre’s most prolific leading men (A Chorus Line, Chicago, La Cage Aux Folles). Starring alongside John is Olivier Award-nominee Charlie Stemp, fresh from his Palladium and Broadway triumphs (Hello Dolly! Half a Sixpence). They are joined by West End star Issy Van Randwyck (Fascinating Aida), comedy TV favourite Matthew Cottle (Game On, The Windsors), Holby City‘s Rob Ostlere, and Simon Dutton, TV’s Simon Templar (The Saint)

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

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

Bill Kenwright presents

ROUGH CROSSING by TOM STOPPARD
Songs by Andre Previn, Lyrics by Tom Stoppard

Starring John Partridge, Chalrie Stemp, Issy Van Randwyck, Matthew Cottle, Simon Dutton and Rob Ostlere.

Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh 

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.

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