Artistic Director Gareth Machin and Executive Director Sebastian Warrack announce a brand-new production of John Godber’s September in the Rain which opens ahead of the previously announced The Lemon Table in the company’s Autumn season.
Machin’s production opens on 17 September, with previews from 16 September, and runs until 9 October.
Gareth Machin and Sebastian Warrack said today, “It’s an utter joy to fill our stage once again and welcome audiences back to share in the thrill of live performance. Theatres are made to share stories, and we can’t wait to share our Autumn season, opening with John Godber’s moving and funny play September in the Rain; coupled with the world première of Julian Barnes’ The Lemon Table – a wry observation on aging – ahead of a national tour.”
Blackpool, 1950. Newly-wed Yorkshire couple, Jack and Liz have crossed the Pennines for their first trip to the seaside mecca. Beneath an uncertain September sky, they holiday in a world of stripy deckchairs, sandy sandwiches and stroppy donkeys. As the Wurlitzer organ plays they sway together on the dance floor of the Tower Ballroom.
For thirty years, come rain or shine, they never miss their annual week-long holiday on the Blackpool sands. Three decades of boarding houses, talent contests and fish and chips on the prom.
Moving backwards and forward through time, a married life unfolds through squabbles, children, laughter and tears against the backdrop of the heyday of the British seaside.