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James Bolam in Bomber's Moon at Trafalgar Studios 2

Tuesday, 5th May 2015  

William Ivory’s Play Originally Appeared at the Park Theatre Prior to its West End Transfer

Audiences can take a compelling trip to the Second World War this April as the Trafalgar Studios 2, the smaller of the studio spaces at the Whitehall venue, welcomes Bomber’s Moon. It will be a chance not only to explore two well-rounded characters as portrayed by acclaimed and talented performers, but also the experience the work of writer William Ivory.

They take the place of the venue’s current production The Father, which opened at the end of March and is an updated version of August Strindberg’s 19th century play.

This William Ivory play, however, takes audiences to a completely different period of time, albeit one that is forever etched into the minds of people around the world – the Second World War. We are introduced to the character of Jimmy, a former gunner of the RAF played by James Bolan, and he soon meets the newly appointed David, a care assistant portrayed by Steve John Shepherd. Jimmy is now in old age and is haunted by his past. But David has also seen war and has his own demons to face and together it becomes clear that whilst the physical wars have gone, those of the mind rage on.

The play originally played at the Park Theatre, in Finsbury Park, North-East London and retains its lead actors for the West End run.

Audiences will clearly recognise James Bolam in the role of Jimmy as he has enjoyed a successful career both on the stage and screen. The actor has previously made his way to a London theatre with credits like Wild Oats at the National Theatre, Glengarry Glenross at the Donmar Warehouse and Jerry Bernard Is Unwell at the Apollo Theatre over the last two decades. His other roles have included television’s New Tricks, plus The Likely Lads, Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads and films such as The End Of The Affair.

Audiences can catch Bomber’s Moon, under the direction of Matt Aston, when it heads to the stage of the Trafalgar Studios 2 on Whitehall in the spring. It runs at the West End venue from Friday 24th April 2015 (previews from Monday 20th April 2015) to Saturday 23rd May 2015. 

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