Preview: Daphne, Tommy, the Colonel and Phil at the Union Theatre

Daphne Tommy the Colonel and Phil
Daphne Tommy the Colonel and Phil

Daphne, Tommy, the Colonel and Phil comes to The Union Theatre this July at the Union Theatre.

Imagine your wife turned out not to be quite the woman you thought…

This brilliantly fresh, hilariously surreal new comedy is a madcap domestic farce about an aged couple who discover that their seemingly perfect marriage is not all it appears to be. As a turbulent past crashes in on them, long-buried secrets turn into imminent danger. But can love conquer all?

In a peaceful rural backwater, the irrepressible Daphne and decorated military man Tommy have been blissfully married for sixty-six idyllic years.

But recently something’s been troubling Tommy: a terrible secret.

For decades he’s been haunted by the memories of a black ops mission gone-wrong during the Korean War, and the fallout from one fatal night is finally catching up with him.

With marital bliss on a collision course with the fast-approaching shadows of the past—and with decades of untruths unravelling—perils loom and chaos reigns.

Meanwhile, Daphne’s got a secret of her own. Quite a big one…

Starring David Henry (The Madness of George III dir. Nick Hytner, Mary Poppins dir. Richard Eyre) and Clifford Hume (Misalliance dir. Nick Reed, Aladdin dir. David Kemp).

David Henry – Tommy

A star of stage and screen for five decades, David Henry is authentic acting royalty. He originated the parts of Prime Minister Charles Fox in The Madness of George III, Admiral Boom and the Bank Chairman in Mary Poppins, and Lord Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. His work in film includes Evita, The Killing Fields, Cry Freedom and Ali G In Da House, and he has worked with directors including Nick Hytner, Richard Eyre, Alan Parker, Adrian Noble and Richard Attenborough.

Clifford Hume – Daphne

Clifford Hume is a hugely popular comedy actor and long-time cult-hero of the London stage. His work for the stage includes King Krule, Easy Easy and Bounty Hunters, while fans will know him from his highly-anticipated annual turns as the Dame in shows including Aladdin and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and from Keith Lemon’s Through the Keyhole. He has also starred in films such as Narcissists and There’s a Line.

Edwin Ashcroft – director

Writer-director Edwin Ashcroft’s previous directorial credits include the UK premiere of Jon Fosse’s Over There, and the UK/London premiere of Nineteen Ninety-Two by Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee.

Daphne, Tommy, the Colonel and Phil is at The Union Theatre 23rd July – 3rd August 2019

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