Bad Jews to Return to London for West End Run

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Joshua Harmon's Bad Jews, which received its U.K. premiere in a season at Bath's Ustinov Studio in 2014 before transferring to London's St. James Theatre and then the Arts Theatre, is set to make a West End return.

It will begin performances Feb. 8 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a six-week run through March 19.

The production ignited controversy when posters for the Arts Theatre run were banned from the London Underground because they "could cause offense," the Daily Mail reported. It wasn't clear whether it was the play's title that gave offense, or the image of a family fighting. In either case a single complaint was reportedly lodged with the system's Advertising Standards Authority, which dismissed it. However, Transport for London then stepped in and banned the posters, giving no official reason for doing so.

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The play premiered Off-Broadway in October 2013 at the Roundabout's Black Box Theatre as part of the Roundabout Underground season before transferring to the adjacent Laura Pels Theatre.

In the play, a beloved grandfather has died and a treasured family heirloom with religious significance is up for grabs. But who is most deserving of it? Bossy, overbearing, fanatically religious Daphna? Her wealthy cousin Liam who’s just returned from skiing with his non-Jewish girlfriend Melody? Or Jonah, his brother, who would prefer not to get involved in the fight?

The original London cast comprised Jenna Augen as  Daphna (a performance for which she won the Best Supporting Performance at the UK Theatre Awards 2014), Gina Bramhill as Melody, Joe Coen as Jonah and Ilan Goodman as Liam. Only Goodman remains now, newly joined by Ailsa Joy as Daphna, Antonia Kinlay as Melody and Jos Slovick as Jonah.

It is directed by Michael Longhurst, who was represented on Broadway by his production of Constellations last year, with designs by Richard Kent, lighting by Richard Howell and sound by Adrienne Quartly.

It is produced by Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Kenny Wax and Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7836 8463 or visit www.artstheatrewestend.co.uk.

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