Neil Patrick Harris' Accomplice Will Open Menier Chocolate Factory Season in London

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London's Menier Chocolate Factory is to present the European premiere of Accomplice, produced by Neil Patrick Harris and written, created and directed by Tom Salamon, to launch a fall season that will also include revivals of plays by Caryl Churchill and Ken Hill.
Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris

Accomplice, described in press materials as "part game, part theatre, part tour", has previously been seen in New York and Los Angeles. It takes audiences on a walking discovery of theatre and mystery. Armed with basic information and aided by clues and cast members at various locations en route, each group of ten participants will be sent on a mission on the streets of London SE1 to piece together a meticulously crafted plot. Performances, which will begin Sept. 4, take place on Saturdays and Sundays every half hour from 1 PM-4:30 PM. Each performance will take participants on a walking tour of Southwark of approximately one mile. After booking, participants will be contacted with details of where to meet to begin their experience.

Salamon is creator, writer and director of Accomplice productions in New York City and Hollywood, CA. Accomplice: New York, the original production, was created and co-produced with Betsy Sufott, and began its run in April 2005. The creators returned with an all-new New York City adventure, Accomplice: The Village, in January 2007. In 2009, the team joined forces with co-producer Neil Patrick Harris on a West Coast production, Accomplice: Hollywood. Previously Salamon was the co-songwriter and bassist for the modern rock band The Dirges, performing alongside artists such as Bob Dylan and The Allman Brothers. He has also worked as a film colorist on music videos, advertisements and documentary films. He is currently collaborating with the American Museum of Natural History in NYC on an all new Accomplice production. Producer Harris has previously appeared at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Jonathan Larson's Tick, Tick...Boom, and made his directorial debut for the Chocolate Factory Productions at the Edinburgh Fringe with The Expert. He is best known for his TV roles as Doogie Howser, M.D. and Barney Stinson in "How I Met Your Mother."

The Menier's fall season will also include Caryl Churchill's A Number, starring real-life father and son Samuel and Timothy West as a father and son. It will begin performances Sept. 29, prior to an official opening Oct. 4, for a run that is booking through Nov. 5. Directed by Jonathan Munby, it is based on a production that was seen at Sheffield's Crucible Studio in 2006, where it also starred the Wests. The play was originally produced at the Royal Court in 2002. Set in the near future, the story is structured around the conflict between father and son, addressing the subjects of human cloning, identity and nature versus nurture.

As an actor, Samuel West was most recently seen onstage in the original Chichester and West End production of Enron. He has worked as a director at the Menier, staging Patrick Marber's Dealer's Choice that subsequently transferred to the West End's Trafalgar Studios. Veteran actor Timothy West was last seen in the West End in Harold Pinter's The Collection at the Comedy Theatre. Director Jonathan Munby has previously directed The White Devil at the Menier Chocolate Factory, and is currently represented in London by his production of The Prince of Homburg at the Donmar Warehouse.

A Number will be followed by a new production of Ken Hill's The Invisible Man, beginning performances Nov. 12 prior to an official opening Nov. 24, for a run through Feb. 13, 2011. Based on the classic novel by H.G. Wells, the show is a music hall romp that revolves around "the ‘ideous ‘appenings that shook the bucolic village of Iping when the sinister Griffin arrived, wrapped in bandages and with a distinctly unsociable manner." Originally seen at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1991, it is now staged in a new production by Ian Talbot, former artistic director of the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, and will feature illusions by Paul Kieve, whose many theatre credits include the original production of The Invisible Man as well as The Lord of the Rings at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. His film credits include "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."

Tickets for Accomplice and A Number are on sale from Aug. 5, with the box office for The Invisible Man opening in early September. To book tickets, contact the box office on 0207 907 7060, or visit www.menierchocolatefactory.com

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