Three towering talents play a cast of thousands in this new comedy by the writer of the Olivier Award-winning West End hit The 39 Steps as Patrick Barlow’s The Messiah tours the UK this Autumn, before transferring to London’s The Other Palace from Monday 3rd December – Saturday 5th January 2018.
Hugh Dennis makes a return to the stage for the first time in over 20 years, and renowned Soprano Lesley Garrett makes her comedy play debut as they star alongside John Marquez in the funniest and most magical nativity you’ll ever see. The Messiah tours to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, New Theatre, Cardiff; Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield; Cheltenham Everyman Theatre; Chichester Festival Theatre and Richmond Theatre ahead of its London engagement.
A traveling theatre troupe of two actors and an opera singer are set to arrive on camel back in venues across the UK to masterfully enact the greatest story ever told. Join the absurdly talented Maurice Rose (Hugh Dennis), the alarmingly unpredictable Ronald Bream RAC (John Marquez), and the distinguished diva Mrs Mrs Leonora Fflyte (Lesley Garrett), in a hilarious Christmas comedy that conjures up the sublime, the ridiculous and the truly angelic.
Joseph, Mary, the Archangel Gabriel, Herod, God and an ox are all authentically portrayed in this vibrant comedy weaving visual invention with a hint of the divine, The Messiah is a love letter to theatre, theology and the great man himself.
Hugh Dennis is one of Britain’s best loved comics and an award winning and multi-award nominated actor and writer. He’s the star of the BBC2 hit panel show, Mock The Week and BBC1’s hilarious sitcom Outnumbered. He is also a firm radio favourite, both writing and presenting Radio 4’s award winning comedy The Now Show and Radio 2’s It’s Been A Bad Week.
Lesley Garrett CBE is Britain’s best-known soprano, regularly appearing in opera, musical theatre, concert, television and on CD’s. For more than 30 years she has enjoyed one of the most successful careers of any modern-day, classically trained soprano. From Rossini’s famed opera The Barber of Seville at the Coliseum, to West End musical hits, The Sound of Music and Carousel, Garrett has become a real national treasure.
John Marquez is best known for his role as PC Joe Penhale in the hit ITV Comedy series, Doc Martin. TV roles include Porridge, In the Club, Death in Paradise, Hotel Babylon and Suburban Shootout. Recent theatre roles include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (The Savoy Theatre) and Once in a Lifetime (The Young Vic).
The Messiah comes from The 39 Steps writer, Patrick Barlow – who also directs this production. His other stage works include his new version of A Christmas Carol starring Jim Broadbent as Scrooge (Off-Broadway / Noel Coward Theatre). Patrick is also celebrated for his two-man theatre company The National Theatre of Brent, (Wagner’s Ring, The Charles and Diana Story and The Wonder of Sex). Screen and theatre acting credits include A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Loot, Wind in the Willows (NT), Absolutely Fabulous, Jam and Jerusalem, Shakespeare in Love, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones, Nanny McPhee and most recently A Very English Scandal. With additional material by John Ramm, Jude Kelly and Julian Hough.
The Messiah promises to be the funniest and most magical Nativity you will ever see.
The Messiah is produced by Simon Friend, Mark Goucher, Howard Panter and Birmingham Repertory Theatre
THE MESSIAH AUTUMN 2018 TOUR DATES
18 - 27 Oct 0121 236 4455
Birmingham Rep Theatre
29 Oct – 3 Nov 029 2087 8889
New Theatre, Cardiff
5 – 10 Nov 0114 249 6000
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
12 – 17 Nov 01243 781 312
Chichester Festival Theatre
19 – 24 Nov 01242 572573
Cheltenham Everyman Theatre
26 Nov – 1 Dec 0844 871 7651
Richmond, Richmond Theatre