Despite Poster Ban, Bad Jews Returns to West End Tonight

News   Despite Poster Ban, Bad Jews Returns to West End Tonight Joshua Harmon's Bad Jews, which received its U.K. premiere in a season at Bath's Ustinov Studio in 2013 before transferring to London's St. James Theatre, where it ran through Feb. 28, resumes performances at the West End's Arts Theatre, beginning performances March 18 prior to an official opening March 25, for a run through May 30.

Posters for the production 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 originally 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 Bath cast, who are also in the current run at the St. James, will continue in their roles, with Jenna Augen as  Daphna (a performance for which she won the Best Supporting Performance at the UK Theatre Award 2014), Gina Bramhill as Melody, Joe Coen as Jonah and Ilan Goodman as Liam.

It is directed by Michael Longhurst, who is currently represented on Broadway by his production of Constellations, with designs by Richard Kent, lighting by Richard Howell and sound by Adrienne Quartly. It is produced by Theatre Royal Bath Productions.

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

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