Lancel to star in small-scale Jonathan Harvey play

Andrew Lancel in Swan Song. Pic: David Munn


Paul Genty

20 Oct 2020

Short run precedes longer 2021 tour

Following its sold-out premiere at the inaugural Liverpool Theatre Festival in September, Swan Song, a revised comedy by acclaimed playwright Jonathan Harvey, will  start a short tour this year at venues opening to socially-distanced audiences.

The one-man play, starring TV and stage actor Andrew Lancel, is directed by BAFTA award-winning director Noreen Kershaw and produced by Bill Elms.

The play will open at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre for four performances over two nights (Nov 20-21), the first live indoor performance at the theatre since March. 

The show then moves on to Dukes Lancaster (Nov 25), Alty Fringe at the Garrick Playhouse in Altrincham (Nov 27) and theatres in Peterborough and Coventry. The play will tour more widely in the spring.

Swan Song was first staged at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1997, before transferring to Hampstead Theatre with a female lead. It's a bitter-sweet comedy set in Liverpool at Christmas 1997. The world is changing and in the staff room, gay forty-something English teacher Dave Titswell finds not all change is welcome.

Harvey has adapted the 70-minute play for the Liverpool Festival performance for Andrew Lancell, widely known for his television roles as DI Neil Manson in The Bill and super-villain Frank Foster in Coronation Street.

Producer and the Liverpool Theatre Festival artistic director, Bill Elms, said: “Andrew, Jonathan and Noreen Kershaw are an incredible blend of creative talent, and the play went down a storm in Liverpool. It is such a lovely piece that I approached Andrew and the team with the idea to tour. People are excited for the return of live theatre – and we’re excited to give them that experience back after such a long time with a really special production.”

More info: Facebook: /SwanSong; Twitter: @SwanSongPlay.