Revival of Wood's Talent to Play London's Menier Chocolate Factory

News   Revival of Wood's Talent to Play London's Menier Chocolate Factory Victoria Wood will direct a new version of her 1978 comedy with songs, Talent, which is scheduled to begin performances at London's Menier Chocolate Factory Sept. 17, prior to an official opening Sept. 23, for a run to Nov. 14.

The production is being co-produced with the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness, where it will run for 15 performances, Aug. 27-Sept. 12, before coming to London.

With original music and lyrics by Victoria Wood, set designs by Roger Glossop, lighting by Paul Anderson, sound by David Ogilvy and musical supervision by Nigel Lilley, the original production was commissioned for Sheffield's Crucible Theatre in 1978, and was subsequently seen at London's ICA in 1979, where it won Wood the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. The TV adaptation, which saw Wood and Julie Walters performing together on screen for the first time, won Wood another Most Promising Writer Award and a BAFTA nomination.

According to press materials, the show is "set on talent night at Bunter's nightclub, where contestants Julie and her fat friend Maureen are waiting backstage. As they are plunged into a world of ukulele-wielding pensioners, crotch-grabbing comperes and some long- buried personal history, Julie and Maureen have to decide how lucky they really want to be."

Casting is still to be announced.

To book tickets, contact the box office at 020 7907 7060 or visit www.menierchocolatefactory.com. To book tickets for the Old Laundry Theatre, contact the box office at 015394 88444, ext. 223 or visit www.oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk.

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