Full solid introduced for Richard Bean’s To Have and To Hold – There Ought To Be Clowns


Hampstead Theatre immediately publicizes the complete solid for Richard Bean’s uproarious new comedy, To Have and To Hold, which opens on 20 October and runs till 25 November.

Alun Armstrong (New Tricks, BBC One; Sweeney Todd, National Theatre; Endgame, Donmar)  will play Jack Kirk and is joined by Marlene Sidaway (Mum, BBC; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, UK tour) as his spouse Flo Kirk.

Alongside Armstrong and Sidaway as Jack and Flo’s youngsters are Christopher Fulford (Loot, Park Theatre; Screw, Channel 4) and Hermione Gulliford (The Southbury Child, Bridge Theatre; Romeo & Juliet, Globe). The solid is accomplished with Rachel Dale (The Hypocrite, RSC; The Bay, ITV) and Adrian Hood (Harvest, Royal Court; The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, West End). 

Directed by Richard WilsonTo Have and To Hold tackles the prickly downside of coping with ageing dad and mom who simply don’t wish to be handled.

“He talks about going to Switzerland, to that place where you pay them to kill you… And I say “go!  It’ll do you good.  Broaden your horizons…you’ve never been abroad!”

After sixty years of marriage, fortunately settled into their retirement village in Yorkshire, Jack and Florence have elevated bickering nearly to the standing of excessive artwork. That mentioned, they’re in any other case getting alongside high-quality with the help of a cousin and the hilarious interventions of the person recognized regionally as ‘Rhubarb Eddie’. But will their anxious son, shuttling between London and LA, and their errant daughter, who’s considering a transfer to Australia, go away them to reside out their days in peace? 

Writer of the worldwide smash-hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, Richard Bean returns to Hampstead after successes with Kiss Me and In the Club. His different work contains Jack Absolute Flies Again (National Theatre), Young Marx (Bridge) and Made in Dagenham, The Musical (Adelphi). 

Director Richard Wilson additionally returns to Hampstead after the success of his manufacturing of Peggy For You. He is reunited with Bean whose performs Toast, Under the Whaleback (each Royal Court) and The Nap (Sheffield Crucible) he additionally directed.

The manufacturing might be designed by James Cotterill with lighting by Bethany Gupwell and sound by John Leonard. The casting director is Robert Sterne CDG and Assistant Director is Jos Vantyler.     

To Have and To Hold is a Hampstead Theatre Next Decade fee – a joint Hampstead Theatre and AKO Foundation initiative. The manufacturing can be kindly supported by Lin and Ken Craig.

 To Have and To Hold opens on Friday 20 October and runs till Saturday 25 November. 

Tickets are on sale now at hampsteadtheatre.com.


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