Harry Melling in Hand To God at the Vaudeville Theatre
It was back in September that we first learned that Robert Askins’ play Hand To God would be gaining a West End transfer in February. The initial announcement told us that the production would be the latest Broadway transfer to the West End in a long line of hit shows, matching the likes of Book Of Mormon and others, and as such the news was naturally met with great anticipation.
Now it’s November and we’re finally learning who will be taking on the lead roles in the production, with Harry Melling playing the main character of Jason. However, he is now alone as he will be sharing the stage with Janie Dee, Neil Pearson, Jemima Rooper and Kevin Mains.
Hand To God is the story of Jason and his mother Margery, plus the journey they embark upon when a project at Jason’s Bible School takes on a whole new life. He has created a puppet named Tyrone and when it personality comes to life it leads those around him to look at themselves in a brand new light, unearthing secrets and confrontations that bring the past back in the spotlight.
Writer Robert Askins emerged in New York a decade ago and proved to be a rising star with high profile shows. Hand To God was a huge success for him, bringing him to greater public attention thanks to critical acclaim and 2015 Tony Award’s.
So a talented cast is naturally required to do the show justice on these shores, with Harry Melling appearing following many years of experience on the stage and screen. He is best known to audiences for his portrayal of Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter series of films and has also worked on various television shows. However, his stage work is extensive and includes West End work like The Hothouse and When Did You Last See My Mother at the Trafalgar Studios and The School For Scandal at the Barbican.
Hand To God runs at the Vaudeville Theatre from Friday 5th February 2016 and will continue there until at least the summer.