Peter Wilson’s production of Tim Firth’s comedy “Sign of the Times” last appeared in a London theatre in 2009 with Stephen Tompkinson leading the cast at the Richmond. Now the show is set to return to the capital, this time with a run at the West End’s Duchess Theatre and replacing the ongoing musical Love Story in the process. This time around the cast will feature two other well known performers of the stage and screen – Matthew Kelly and Gerard Kearns - the former remembered for his part in “Stars in the Their Eyes” and the latter for Channel 4’s “Skins”.
“Sign of the Times” follows a wannabe-writer named Frank – a man whose ambitions have materialised into something much different than he had in mind. Craving to write great literature he has instead utilised words in a much different way – by putting up the signs of a host of well known brands on the sides of buildings. He has been carrying out the job for a quarter of a century, so if you can name a brand then chances are Frank has had it covered, but after so long he yearns for more and he is about to find hope from an unlikely source. His inspiration comes in the form of a ham-handed teenager that joins Frank on work experience.
Tim Firth, the writer of the play, is a renowned playwright that has worked alongside Willy Russell and Alan Ayckbourn, among others. In addition to west end shows, his work has also been seen across the country, from Liverpool to Edinburgh, with previous credits that include “Neville’s Island” and, more famously, “Calendar Girls”. Firth penned both the movie version of the latter and the stage version that appeared in the West End in 2009 and featured Patricia Hodge and Lyndsay Bellingham amongst its cast members.
But those with theatre tickets will also be able to witness some recognisable faces in this production, with Matthew Kelly returning to the West End following his appearance in the Haymarket Theatre’s “Waiting for Godot” last year, where he starred alongside Sir Ian McKellen. He won a 2003 Laurence Olivier Award for his appearance in “Of Mice and Men” at the Savoy Theatre, whilst his other credits – in addition to ITV’s “Stars in Their Eyes” – include “Troilus and Cressida” at Shakespeare’s Globe and “Comedians” at the Lyric Hammersmith.
Sign of the Times appears at the Duchess Theatre from Friday 11th March 2011 (previews from Monday 7th March 2011) until Saturday 28th May 2011.
|Booking From:||Monday, 7th March 2011|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 2nd April 2011|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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