Mike Leigh’s Two Thousand Years Will Tour U.K.

News   Mike Leigh’s Two Thousand Years Will Tour U.K.
Mike Leigh’s new play, Two Thousand Years, sold out all advance tickets at London's National Theatre before it even premiered. And, less than a week after opening night, a U.K. tour has been planned.

The show will play seven performances a week at the following venues:

Bath Theatre Royal beginning Feb. 6, 2006
The Quays at The Lowry, Salford, beginning Feb. 13
Newcastle’s Theatre Royal beginning Feb. 20
Warwick Arts Centre beginning Feb. 27
Malvern Theatre beginning March 6
Cambridge Arts Theatre beginning March 13

The play features a secular Jewish family, discussing various issues from Gaza to New Orleans. And divisions rise to the surface when the son, Josh, embraces religion.

Caroline Gruber plays Rachel, matriarch of the North London family. Allan Corduner is her husband Danny, while Ben Caplan is their newly religious son Josh. John Burgess plays the grandfather, Dave. Also in the cast are Adam Godley as a kindly neighbor, Alexis Zegerman as Rachel’s daughter Tammy, and Nitzan Sharron as Tammy’s boyfriend Tzachi. Samantha Spiro plays Rachel’s sister Michelle.

It’s Leigh’s first stage play since 1993’s It’s a Great Big Shame!. Alison Chitty designs, with lighting by Paul Pyant, music by Gary Gershon and sound by John Leonard. Leigh's last film, "Vera Drake," won the Golden Lion at the 2004 Venice Film Festival and bagged Imelda Staunton (its leading lady) a BAFTA, as well as Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. Some day-of-performance tickets at the National remain available. For more information call (0)20 7452 3000 or visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk.

From Left: Samantha Spiro, Adam Godley, Caroline Gruber, and Allan Corduner in <i>Two Thousand Years</i>
From Left: Samantha Spiro, Adam Godley, Caroline Gruber, and Allan Corduner in Two Thousand Years Photo by John Haynes
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