Jonathan Harvey play to reopen Liverpool Unity Theatre

Andrew Lancel in Swan Song. Pic: Alan Williams

Writer:

Paul Genty

4 May 2021

Festival favourite to make short summer tour

Following its premiere at the Liverpool Theatre Festival in September, comedy Swan Song by Jonathan Harvey will have a short northern tour in July – including reopening the city’s Unity Theatre, closed since March last year.

The one-man play, about, says Harvey, "a teacher who’s trying to hold onto his dignity while the education system crumbles around him," will feature actor Andrew Lancel and is directed by BAFTA award-winning director Noreen Kershaw.

The 70-minute play will appear at the Unity for six performances over three nights (July 1-3) before moving to Southport (July 5), Dukes Theatre in Lancaster (July 7), and City Varieties in Leeds (July 8). All venues will adhere to the whatever restrictions might be in place at the time.

Swan Song was first staged at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1997, followed by a London run  starring actress Rebecca Front. Harvey recently adapted the work for Andrew Lancel for the Liverpool event, and its reception there prompted producer Bill Elms to arrange the short tour.

Andrew Lancel is widely known for his television roles as DI Neil Manson in The Bill and super-villain Frank Foster in Coronation Street. He was three times nominated for a national tv award and won a British Soap Award in 2012 for Coronation Street, as well as appearing in theatre in London and on tour.

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