Robert Askins' Hand To God at the Vaudeville Theatre
The Tony-Nominated Play Transferring to the West End following Successful Broadway Run
The latest Broadway transfer set to hit the West End takes the form of Hand To God, Robert Askins’ successful play that wowed audiences on the other side of the Atlantic when it opened in March.
As such Hand To God becomes the latest in a long line of American productions to make their way to the West End. The capital is already the home of Book Of Mormon and welcomes Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined in October and it is likely that word-of-mouth will bring this just as much attention.
Hand To God focuses on Jason and her mother Margery and the journey they take when Jason’s Bible School project takes on a life of its own. He creates a puppet called Tyrone and when it develops a personality it forces everyone to look at themselves in a new light, bringing secrets to the surface and bringing about confrontations with the past. Described as mixing humour with surprising moments, it has proven to be a compelling production for theatregoers.
The production was first seen by New York audiences when it was staged at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, an off-Broadway venue, prior to its transfer to another off-Broadway venue in the Lucille Lortel Theatre. It finally made its Broadway premiere earlier this year when it opened at the Booth Theatre in April. Now it can add the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre to this list.
Writer Robert Askins has been a rising star ever since he first emerged in New York a decade ago, since writing the likes of Matthew And The Pastor’s Wife. With Hand Of God he has found great success with Best New Play being one of the many categories it was nominated in for the 2015 Tony Awards.
Another nomination was Best Director for Moritz von Stuelpnagel. The talented practitioner’s work has included numerous shows for the mentioned Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Hand To God is set to run at the Vaudeville Theatre from 5th February 2016, a month after the how closes on Broadway.