Harry Shearer in Daytona at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
The Production Sees Maureen Lipman Return to the West End Following the Show’s Appearance at the Park Theatre
The latest production to transfer to the West End following success beyond Theatreland is the hit show Daytona, which is set to land at the Theatre Royal Haymarket this summer. The play originally ran at the Park Theatre, near Finsbury Park tube station, last year and received a positive reception, so this West End version will inevitably be a big talking-point this summer.
This is thanks not only to the script by Oliver Cotton, who also appears in the show, but to its cast as well, which includes Olivier Award winner Maureen Lipman, star of a range of west end shows over the years, and Simpsons voice actor Harry Shearer. David Grindley directs.
Daytona follows a couple whose lives take an unexpected turn when a family member turns up out of the blue with a big story. Joe and Elli are madly in love, with a mutual obsession with ballroom dancing balancing out their constant bickering. In fact, they are in the middle of rehearsing routines for their next big competition when we meet them in the show, in New York in 1986, and then Joe’s long-lost brother arrives and his story is certain to attract their attention.
Writer Oliver Cotton has written a number of shows and also worked extensively as an actor as well, presenting Daytona in 2013 at the Park Theatre. His prior writing credits include The Enoch Show for the Royal Court and Wet Weather Cover at the Arts Theatre, among others, whilst his acting work has included West End shows, National Theatre productions, television programmes and films. He has appeared in everything from The Philadelphia Story at the Old Vic Theatre to Life x 3 at the National Theatre, plus TV shows like Sensitive Skin. He was also recently seen in the movie The Dark Knight Rises.
Meanwhile, audiences are widely familiar with the work of Harry Shearer, an actor who voiced numerous roles in The Simpsons, from Principal Skinner to Reverend Lovejoy, in addition to working on the likes of This Is Spinal Tap. This is the West End debut of a performer who has previously appeared onstage at the Edinburgh Fringe and has performed on both sides of the Atlantic.
Currently the home of Fatal Attraction, the Theatre Royal Haymarket welcomes Daytona from Monday 7th July 2014 (previews from Saturday 28th June 2014) to Saturday 23rd August 2014.