Next week, Lawrence Batley Theatre’s brand new online radio play – The Understudy – will be broadcast in two parts with the first on 20th May and the second on 27th May.  The cast have shared some images of themselves rehearsing and recording in isolation.

The stellar line up includes, Stephen Fry, Mina Anwar, Layton Williams, Emily Atack, Russell Tovey, Sheila Atim MBE, Sarah Hadland and many more. Proceeds of this project will be shared with Theatre Development Trust (SOLT and UK Theatre), Acting for Others and Equity Charitable Trust to raise funds for the theatre industry.

Based on the novel by the best-selling author David Nicholls, The Understudy tells the story of an underdog – a failed husband, a failing father, a failing actor, and the impossible choice he’s going to have to make between stealing the show and stealing another man’s wife.

Directed by Giles Croft, this is a stage adaptation written by Henry Filloux-Bennett that was originally commissioned by The Lowry. The sound, music and effects will be brought to life by Alexandra Faye Braithwaite, Annie May Fletcher and Sophie Galpin.

Audiences will be able to tune in to listen to The Understudy by buying a ticket, all of which will go to help individuals and organisations struggling because of Coronavirus.

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