Director Mike Tweddle / Musical Director, Arranger, Sound Designer and Musician Thomas Johnson / Designer Anisha Fields / Lighting Designer Chris Swain / Casting Director Louis Hammond CDG / Assistant Director Sally Beck Wippman
Tony Finn Hanlon
Leah Amy-Leigh Hickman
Jamie Ted Reilly
Sandra Phoebe Thomas
Ste Tristan Waterson
Beautiful Thing is a play that has charmed and delighted audiences across the world and inspired a cult film of the same name. In its 25th anniversary year, we’re excited to present it as our major autumn in-house production, directed by our Artistic Director Mike Tweddle.
Teenagers Ste and Jamie are next door neighbours on the Thamesmead estate in South London. Jamie’s being bullied at school and Ste’s being bullied at home. One evening when it all gets too much, Ste seeks refuge at Jamie’s and something frightening and beautiful begins.
Beautiful Thing offers a razor-sharp depiction of life and love on a post-war council estate, and a gloriously nostalgic trip back to the early nineties. Coronation Street writer Jonathan Harvey is at his insightful and hilarious best in this iconic story, which shows how community can lift you out of isolation and suffering.
Following his debut production for Tobacco Factory Theatres in spring 2018 of Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge, Mike Tweddle will once again lead a team of local and national artists to present this vital urban fairy tale.
The show will feature pop songs from the ‘60s and ‘90s performed live each night by our Get Singing Community Choir, who have been brought together especially for this production. Read more about our Community Choir.
Beautiful Thing ON TOUR
Following performances at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Beautiful Thing will tour to the following venues:
NEW VIC THEATRE
Tue 30 October – Sat 03 November 2018
newvictheatre.org.uk / 01782 717962
THE DUKES LANCASTER
Tue 06 – Sat 10 November 2018
dukes-lancaster.org / 01524 598500
is proud to support Tobacco Factory Theatres as it stages its May – Dec 18 season.
- RUNNING TIME2hrs 15mins (inc. interval)
- AGE RECOMMENDATION14+
- TICKETSFrom £12 (limited availability)
- VENUEFactory Theatre
7.30pm (Tue 16 October 7pm) / Matinees Thu 18, Thu 25 1pm & Sat 2pm (No show Sun)
MULTIBUYS Book 3 or more shows SAVE 15% and Book 5 or more shows SAVE 20%.
POST SHOW TALK Please join us after the performance on Tue 23 October for a free post show discussion.
REACT: BEAUTIFUL THING
Fri 19 October
Join us for an evening of theatre and discussion with invited experts and panellists. We’ll dive into the play’s themes of sexuality, bullying, homophobia and love and ask how relevant they are in today’s society. Produced by our team of Young Producers, this is a night made by young people, for everyone. But if you are aged 14 – 25 you can access the whole evening for just £5! Don’t delay as tickets are limited, just add a £5 ticket to your basket. ID will be required on collection. Find out more about REACT.
DIRECTOR’S LAB: BEAUTIFUL THING
Mon 22 October 11am – 5pm
Join our Artistic Director Mike Tweddle on the set of the production for a day exploring the text and the possibilities it offers.
Business Club Members can get 2 for 1 tickets to the performance on Fri 12 and Wed 24 October at 7.30pm. Book early as this offer is subject to availability. To claim please quote your company promotion code over the phone or in person at the Box Office. Please bring proof of the company you work for.