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Beautiful Thing at Birmingham's Patrick Centre

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
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Iconic Gay Love Story Starring Host Of TV Stars
A touching, funny urban love story between two young men takes to the stage in Birmingham as part of a celebrated new anniversary tour.

Beautiful Thing
Drama focussing around a male love story in Beautiful Thing


Beautiful Thing , directed by Nikolai Foster, comes to Birmingham Hippodrome's Patrick Centre from March 25 to April 11 and features a cast of well-known TV faces.

Led by multi-award-winning actress Charlie Brooks as Sandra, who is more recognisable as Janine Butcher in EastEnders, the show also features a host of other well known TV stars including Thomas Law (The World's End; EastEnders); Sam Jackson (Skins; Drifters) and Gerard McCarthy (The Fall; Hollyoaks)

Jonathan Harvey, who also wrote scripts for Coronation Street and Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, mixes comedy with drama for this play that inspired the 1996 cult film of the same name.

It's a story about two young men falling in love on an inner city housing estate. We see Jamie's relationship with classmate and neighbour, Ste, as the two boys find comedy, warmth and the music of Mama Cass through their loud-mouthed next door neighbour Leah. Most of all, it is about being a teenager and falling in love.

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Beautiful Thing is performed at Birmingham's Patrick Centre


Thomas Law, whose roles include Peter Beale in EastEnders, Matt Haddon in Casualty and most recently as a young Simon Pegg in blockbuster film The World's End will star as Ste.

Playing Jamie is Sam Jackson, whose roles include Alex Henley in Skins, Jack in Drifters and a critically acclaimed performance as Billy Casper in Kes at Derby Theatre.

Jonathan Harvey wrote Beautiful Thing when he was just 24. It premiered at the Bush Theatre in 1993 and sold out its five-week run before transferring to the Donmar Warehouse, and then the Duke of York's, eventually winning its author an Olivier Award nomination and the John Whiting Award.

A screen adaptation of the play was released in 1996 by Channel 4 films, which went on to be a cult hit.

Over its 20 year history, the play has featured in the careers of many famous actors including Jonny Lee Miller, Suranne Jones, Hugh Bonneville, Philip Glennister, Andrew Garfield, and Rhys Ifans, and has been produced over 25 times worldwide, with international dates in China, France, Canada, Australia and Holland.

Beautiful Thing
Birmingham Hippodrome's Patrick Centre
30 March Saturday 11 April

Age Guidance is 12 as it contains strong language.

Tickets cost 30 by calling 0844 338 5000 or book online at www.birminghamhippodrome.com.

Cast

Charlie Brooks
Thomas Law
Sam Jackson

By Jonathan Harvey
Directed by Nikolai Foster
Design by Colin Richmond
Lighting Design by David Plater
Sound Design by George Dennis

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Why? Iconic romantic tale of two teenage boys
When: March 25 - April 11
Phone: 0844 338 5000
Where: Patrick Centre in Birmingham Hippodrome
Cost: 30
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