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Catherine Tate in Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Wednesday, 1st Oct 2014  

Comedian Appearing in the Broadway Musical Revival at the Southwark Venue

Last month it was announced that Assassins would be appearing at the Menier Chocolate Factory as part of a new season of shows that also includes Buyer And Seller and An Evening With Joan Plowright. Assassins was already a particular highlight thanks to its star director in Jamie Lloyd, whose status has been rising in recent years thanks to his successful Trafalgar Transformed seasons in the West End, and now it can add another well known name to the list as Catherine Tate has been announced as its lead performer.

Tate appears (until 8th February) alongside Andy Nyman, whose own Ghost Stories returns to the Arts Theatre later in September, plus Rock of Ages actor Simon Lipkin, The Umbrella Of Cherbourg performer Carly Bawden, The Tailor-Made Man’s Mike McShane and Aspect Of Love’s David Roberts.

Assassins is the well known Stephen Sondheim musical that looks at the famous attempts at taking out the President of the United States, from the successful assassinations of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy to the attempted assassinations of Nixon and Reagan. It will mix a dark subject matter with moments of levity in a manner that has already earned it numerous Tony Awards during its premiere appearance in New York from 1990.

Those with theatre tickets have seen Catherine Tate in a number of London theatre productions over the years. The famous comedian, who is perhaps best known for television programmes like The Catherine Tate Show and Doctor Who, appeared alongside David Tennant in Much Ado About Nothing at the Wyndham’s Theatre in 2011 and prior to that appeared in Season’s Greetings at the National Theatre, Under The Blue Sky at the Duke of York’s Theatre and Some Girls at the Gielgud Theatre, among others. Recently she was also seen in the US version of The Office.

Assassins is one of many high profile shows to appear at the Southwark venue this year, with the theatre currently the home of Fully Committed, a production that marks the 10th anniversary of the venue following its first appearance there as its premiere show. It was also recently the home of the revival of Forbidden Broadway.

With Assassins, however, it can boast a director in Jamie Lloyd, which is more than can be said for the new Back To The Future musical, which recently announced that he would be departing from the project.

Assassins is at the Menier Chocolate Factory from Friday 21st November 2014 until Saturday 7th March 2015.

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