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Nigel Slater's Toast to visit Richmond Theatre

Lizzie Muncey and Sam Newton - c The Other Richard (previous cast).

FOLLOWING its world premiere at The Lowry, Salford in May, a sold-out run as part of Traverse Festival 2018 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and a London transfer to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Other Palace, where it is currently playing until August 3, 2019, Nigel Slater’s Toast has announced further dates for its UK tour.

In addition to the venues previously announced, the tour will also visit Liverpool Playhouse (September 10-14), Richmond Theatre (October 21-26), Theatre Royal Brighton (October 28-November 2) and Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre (November 25-30, 2019).

The tour launches at Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley Theatre on August 19, where the play’s writer Henry Filloux-Bennett has recently been appointed Chief Executive, and will conclude at the Crewe Lyceum on December 7, 2019.

Fresh from the London run, Giles Cooper will continue to star as Nigel Slater, with further casting to be announced. Cooper’s theatre credits include This House, People and After The Dance at the National Theatre, and Henry V and The Duchess of Malfi at Shakespeare’s Globe. He has also appeared in hit British films Pride and The Lady in The Van.

From making the perfect sherry trifle, waging war over cakes through to the playground politics of sweets and the rigid rules of restaurant dining, this is a moving and evocative tale of love, loss and… toast.

Nigel Slater said: “With the London run approaching its conclusion, it’s an extremely exciting time as the words on the page will soon come to life once again for audiences around the country. I’m thrilled that the play will continue its journey after The Other Palace.”

Henry Filloux-Bennett continued: “Having written Toast whilst working at The Lowry, that the production is coming back to the North of England after its run at The Other Palace is exciting enough. Now that I have moved to the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield, I’m completely delighted that we get to open the tour of Toast here in Yorkshire, starting as it will our 25th Anniversary season.”

Based on the British Book Awards Biography of the Year, Toast is a new play based on Nigel Slater’s award-winning autobiography. Vividly recreating suburban England in the 1960s, Nigel’s childhood is told through the tastes and smells he grew up with and the audience with be enveloped by the evocative sights and sounds of cookery that defined the definitive moments of his youth.

Writer Henry Filloux-Bennett was the recent recipient of the award for Best Screen to Stage adaptation at the CAMEO Awards (Creativity Across Media: Entertainment and Originality) at White City House. The London Book and Screen Week Awards celebrate outstanding adaptations in the fields of Book to Audio, Film, TV and Stage. This year’s Stage category also included competition from Sally Cookson’s adaptation of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Walker Books) and Rona Munro’s adaptation of My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (Viking).

The author of a collection of bestselling books and presenter of nine BBC television series, Nigel Slater has been the food columnist for The Observer for 25 years. His memoir Toast – the Story of a Boy’s Hunger won six major awards, has been translated into five languages and became a BBC film starring Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore. His latest book Greenfeast has recently been published by HarperCollins.

Toast is directed by Jonnie Riordan.

For tickets for Richmond Theatre, call the box office on 0844 871 7651 or visit www.atgtickets.com/venues/richmond-theatre/.