The L-Space Web : Plays : Guards! Guards! : 1998

Spring UK Tour

From: Kevin Burn
Subject: [ANNOUNCE] [R] Guards! Guards! Tour. Full Press Release.
Date: 1998/02/23

Guards! Guards! Tour. Full Press Release. Here is the full text of the press release as at 22.2.98

Terry Pratchett's Guards! Guards! On National Tour from March 1998. Dream Makers Ltd and Fleighton Productions Ltd present the first professional stage presentation of a Terry Pratchett Discworld novel. Guards! Guards! the eighth and one of the most popular books in the Discworld series begins a national tour starting at The Grand Theatre Blackpool for one week commencing Wednesday 18 March 1998. [see full tour list attached]

Adapted for the stage by Geoffrey Cush and staring Paul Darrow as Captain Vimes the script was work-shopped last year in London where it broke all box office records.

When the city of Ankh Morpork is threatened with destruction by a fiery dragon, Captain Vimes, a cop with a taste for whisky, decides to investigate, aided and often hindered by a 6'5" dwarf and an orang-utan who communicates via charades. Guards! Guards! where comedy fuses with fantasy and drama to produce an original and hilarious piece of unorthodox theatre. Terry Pratchett is a publishing phenomenon; his novels go straight to the best seller lists and have been translated into 26 languages. Terry is named by W H Smith as their most shoplifted writer and the Discworld novels have created their own industry of video's, audio books, maps of Discworld, computer games, t-shirts, cartoon books and figurines.

Paul Darrow is best known for his role as Avon in Blake's Seven; 1998 celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first show. To coincide with this BBC Radio 4 broadcast a new radio play of Blake's Seven in January 1998 and there wil be a convention of devotees in March. Paul's extensive theatre credits include Elvis Presley in Are you Lonesome Tonight, Alibi for Murder, Mr Fothergill's Murder and I Have Been Here Before.

The full cast is Roger Bingham, David Brett who was a member of the Flying Pickets, Nick Conway who played 'Billy' the youngest son in the popular television series Bread, Paul Darrow, Lee Johnson, Roz McCutcheon, Mark Powell, Maddy Sparham, Iain Stirland, Rob Swinton and Peter Yapp.

Geoffrey Cush is best known as the author of The Criminal Prosecution and Capital Punishment of Animals. His adaptations of novels for the stage include The Simple Past and The Three Musketeers. Guards! Guards! is directed by Peter Benedict who's credits incluse Satyricon [Phoenix Theatre London and New York] The Jew of Malta and The Hardman [Donmar, London]. Designed by Nigel Hook, whose most recent theatre work includes The Boys in The Band [Aldwych]


Terry Pratchett's Guard! Guards! Spring Tour 1998

Grand Theatre ,Blackpool Box Office 0125 290190
18-21 March

Hackney Empire, London Box Office 0181 985 2424
23-28 March

Theatre Royal, Newcastle Box Office 0191 232 2061
31 March-4 April

Theatre Royal, Norwich Box Office 01603 630000
6-11 April

New Theatre, Hull Box Office 01482 226655
14-18 April

Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage Box Office 01438 766866
20-25 April

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne Box Office 01323 412000
27 April- 2 May

The Royal Theatre, Hanley Box Office 01782 207777
18-24 May

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen Box Office 01224 641122
25-30 May

Kings Theatre, Edinburgh Box Office 0131 2204349
1-6 June

The Hexagon, Reading Box Office 0118 9591591
8-14 June


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