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Spring 2020 Tour and a London run at the Kiln Theatre for The Glee Club

The Glee Club

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IN SPRING 2020, Out of Joint is joining forces with Cast, Doncaster and Kiln Theatre, London to present a major tour of Richard Cameron’s much-celebrated play The Glee Club.

The tour will be followed by a London run at the Kiln Theatre from June 4 to June 27.

Music was on the move, the swing, the shake, the sex of it was comin’ through the airwaves.

In the summer of ’62, five hard-working, hard-drinking Doncaster miners, together with their church organist accompanist, are frantically preparing to wow the audience of a local gala concert with their sweet tones. This is The Glee Club, a group of unlikely singers, who though being established in the working men’s clubs, aren’t exactly known for being at the vanguard of a musical revolution.

But both Britain and music are about to change … and so too are the lives of these six men. Will anything ever be the same again?

Richard Cameron’s raucous comedy about friendship and divided loyalty in a rough and rugged world, features the romantic songs of the 1950’s performed live on stage.

The Glee Club was first staged at the Bush Theatre in 2002 before transferring to the West End. It was revived seven years ago to open Cast, in Doncaster, the writer’s hometown. The announcement of the first batch of dates reveals that the tour of Kate Wasserberg’s new production will begin at the same theatre on February 28 and will culminate in the run at Kiln Theatre in London. More dates are to be announced.

Kate Wasserberg, Artistic Director of Out of Joint, said: “Richard Cameron is one of our greatest living writers, and I am so excited to be working with our partners Cast and Kiln Theatre to produce The Glee Club. With incredible songs and boisterous humour, it is the bittersweet story of one boy’s coming of age and the men he knew, held together by their love of music and each other.

“Out of Joint is above all things a touring company and we can’t wait to bring this play, about what unites us even when events threaten to tear us apart, to audiences all around the U.K.”

The Glee Club is directed by Kate Wasserberg and designed by Mark Bailey, with musical direction and sound design by Dyfan Jones and lighting design by Katy Morison. Associate director is Sita Thomas and assistant director is Gavin Joseph. Casting has not yet been announced.

The tour opens at Cast in Doncaster (February 28 to March 7) before continuing to Theatr Clwyd, Mold (March 10-14), Lichfield Garrick (March 24-28), Malvern Theatre (April 7-11), Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds (April 21-25), Northern Stage, Newcastle (April 28 to May 2), Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford (May 5-9), Oldham Coliseum (May 12-16), Leeds Playhouse (May 19-23), Theatre Royal, York (May 26-30) and Kiln Theatre (June 4-27).