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A Walk On Part: The Fall Of New Labour at the Arts Theatre

Tuesday, 8th May 2012  

Chris Mullin’s Diaries Adapted to the Stage with John Hodgkinson and Tracy Gillman Among the Cast Members

The Arts Theatre will be the new home of “A Walk On Part: The Fall of New Labour” this June, following its previous appearance at the Soho Theatre in April. The show also appeared at the Live Theatre in Newcastle in 2011.

For its arrival in the West End, the production has retained its director Max Roberts and its signature performers in John Hodgkinson, Tracy Gillman and Hywel Morgan, in addition to Joe Caffrey.

In the show the cast must together take on more than 100 different roles (echoing another West End show in “The 39 Steps” at the Criterion Theatre), with Hodgkinson tackling the part of Chris Mullin in the show, whose diaries have formed the basis for the production. Mullin is the former MP for Sunderland South and through his eyes we witness an infamous decade in politics that has been described as ‘turbulent’. As well as Mullin, other characters that audiences can expect include Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, John Prescott, George Osbourne, and Tony Benn.

John Hodgkinson has appeared in a number of productions across the country, from the Chichester Festival Theatre to the West Yorkshire Playhouse and, of course, the Live Theatre in Newcastle. He has also made a name for himself on the London stage, having appeared in productions such as “The Taming of the Shrew” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park, “The Front Page” and “Absurdia” at the Donmar Warehouse and “The Seagull” at the National Theatre. He has also worked in numerous shows for the Royal Shakespeare Company and in television programmes such as “The Bill” and “Holby City”.

Meanwhile, co-star Tracy Gillman has appeared i numerous shows as well, from “Rutherford and Son” at the Newcastle Playhouse to previous productions for the Live Theatre such as “The Lovers” and “Me and Cilla”.

London theatre audiences can witness “A Walk On Part: The Fall of New Labour” at the Arts Theatre from Tuesday 26th June 2012 (previews from Tuesday 19th June 2012) to Saturday 14th July 2012.

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