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Andy De La Tour to star in Nigel Williams' My Brother's Keeper? at The Playground Theatre

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Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SOME 34 years after My Brother’s Keeper? premiered at Greenwich Theatre, it will receive its first major revival at The Playground Theatre, where it runs from February 26 to March 23, 2019.

Witten by Nigel Williams, My Brother’s Keeper? is described as an incisive, funny and affecting play about broken sibling relationships and will star Andy de la Tour as Mr Stone.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis 4:9

Following a stroke, seventy-four-year-old actor Mr Stone lies dying in a near-empty hospital ward. His two sons, Tony and Sam, together again after several years, try to reconcile their fractured family before it’s too late. In doing so, they confront each other, their past, and the imminent loss of their father.

Nigel Williams’ play explores the complexities of adult fraternal bonds, when shared childhoods and personal histories work as hard to repel as they do to bind, and poses the question of whether the shared love of a dying father can overcome the damage done.

The production is directed by Craig Gilbert and is staged in support of The Stroke Associaton. Further casting will be announced in due course.

Andy de la Tour has a wide and varied career. Past theatre work includes Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land and Alan Bennett’s People at The National Theatre and Pinter’s Celebration and Rachel Cusk’s Medea at The Almeida Theatre. His most recent stage roles also include The Cutting of the Cloth (Southwark Playhouse), Blue Heart (Orange Tree Theatre) and The Last Yankee (Print Room).

Recent screen roles include Good Omens (BBC/Amazon), Victoria (ITV), Star Wars: Rogue One, The Confession and 44 Inch Chest. His other films include Notting Hill, Plenty and the Roman Polanksi adaptation of Oliver Twist. His other television appearances include The Young Ones, Kavanagh QC and The Brief.

A former stand-up comedian, Andy de la Tour was at the vanguard of the alternative comedy movement and appeared alongside Rik Mayall, Ben Elton and French and Saunders.

Nigel Williams is a playwright, author and scriptwriter. He has written over sixteen novels including the bestselling Wimbledon Poisoner. For his first novel, My Life Closed Twice, he won the Somerset Maugham award. His stage plays include Class Enemy, Sugar and Spice, Harry and Me (Royal Court), MyFace and Line’em (National Theatre) and Lord of the Flies and Country Dancing (Royal Shakespeare Company).

His television and film work includes: Sea Wolf, Moby Dick, Wodehouse in Exile and Madiba. He won a television BAFTA for his adaptation of William Horwood’s novel Skallrigg and both an Emmy and Golden Globe in 2005 for his TV drama Elizabeth I. Williams’ latest TV series is Catherine The Great starring Helen Mirren.

Tickets: £22.50, £20.50 concessions. Early Bird Ticket (strictly limited availability) – £18.50. Preview tickets (February 26 and 27) – £20.50, £18.50 concessions. To book, call the box office on 020 8960 0110 or visit theplaygroundtheatre.london/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Running time: Approximately 90 minutes (no interval).

Also at The Playground Theatre: Sacha Guitry, Ma Fille et Moi (January 28 to February 2) and new dystopian sci-fi fantasy Intronauts (February 12 to February 16, 2019).