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Go Bang Your Tambourine - Finborough Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PHILIP King’s 1970 play Go Bang Your Tambourine receives its London premiere at the Finborough Theatre, where it runs for a four week limited season from Tuesday, August 6 to Saturday, August 31, 2019.

Young David Armstrong misses his mother. Following her death, he now lives alone in their North Country house, a devoted member of the Salvation Army.

But tongues start to wag when David advertises for a lodger, and good-hearted, attractive Bess, a local barmaid, moves in. And when David’s estranged Casanova of a father decides to move back in, uninvited and unwanted, the impossible situation quickly comes to a head…

Seen in London for the first time, Philip King’s touching domestic family drama is a new insight into the work of a classic British playwright.

The cast includes Mia Austen (as Bess Jones), Sebastian Calver (David Armstrong), John Sackville (Thomas Armstrong) and Patience Tomlinson (Major Webber).

Playwright Philip King (1904-1979) was born in Yorkshire. A playwright and actor, he is best known as the author of the classic 1944 farce See How They Run. He continued to act throughout his writing career, often appearing in his own plays. His other works include On Monday Next (1949), later filmed as Curtain Up (1952) starring Robert Morley, Margaret Rutherford and Kay Kendall; and Serious Charge (1956), which was also filmed in 1959 starring Anthony Quayle and Cliff Richard in his film debut.

King also collaborated with other writers, most notable with Falkland Cary on Sailor Beware! (1955), filmed in 1956, and Big Bad Mouse (1964) for Eric Sykes and Jimmy Edwards.

Go Bang Your Tambourine is directed by Tricia Thorns who returns to the Finborough Theatre where she directed Imaginationship, Red Night and London Wall which subsequently transferred to the St James Theatre.

Go Bang Your Tambourine is presented by Two’s Company and Karl Sydow, in association with Tilly Films and Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.

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