Swan Song by Jonathan Harvey - Unity Theatre

Swan Song by Jonathan Harvey

Thursday 4th – Saturday 6th February, 5pm & 7:45pm
Tickets on-sale soon.

During the pandemic Unity has been offering support to local artists in each way that we can. We are delighted that our patron Andrew Lancel, a local artist himself, is kindly helping us to continue this support through the awareness and funds generated from this production of Swan Song. The money raised from tickets and donations will aid more local artists opportunities through our Open Call and Space to Create programmes, our CommUNITY Fund and our Spring 2021 season.

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★★★★ “A piece that is painstakingly crafted and superbly delivered” – North West End

Fresh from its sell-out premiere at Liverpool Theatre Festival comes Swan Song, a bittersweet comedy written by multi award winning, Jonathan Harvey. The one-man shows stars TV and Stage actor Andrew Lancel and is directed by BAFTA award winning Noreen Kershaw.

It is Liverpool 1997, the world is changing and in the staff room, Gay, forty-something, English teacher Dave Titswell finds that not all change is welcome. He has a crush, but life, love, and work are never straight forward for Dave. Will a school trip to The Lakes change things for the better, or make things decidedly worse? Swan Song will make audiences laugh, but equally pull at the heartstrings. Everyone knows someone like Dave – or could even be a Dave themselves.

Swan Song was first staged at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1997, before transferring to Hampstead Theatre with award-winning comedy actress Rebecca Front in the lead role. Jonathan Harvey adapted the 70-minute play specially for Liverpool Theatre Festival for Andrew Lancel to play the solo role of Dave Titswell and now it is set to tour the UK in February in conjunction with LGBT History Month.


About the company:

Unity Patron Andrew Lancel is no stranger to audiences. Well established on the national theatre scene, Andrew is also widely known for his television roles as DI Neil Manson in The Bill and super-villain Frank Foster in Coronation Street. He has twice played Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein on stage to great critical acclaim, first in Epstein – The Man Who Made The Beatles (also produced by Bill Elms) which premiered in Liverpool and went on to play London’s West End, as well as playing Epstein in the national tour of Cilla The Musical, Bill Kenwright’s stage adaptation of the TV series written by Jeff Pope.

Award-winning Jonathan Harvey’s credits include Gimme Gimme Gimme; Murder Most Horrid; Coronation Street; Call The Midwife; and Tracey Ullman’s Show. His plays include Beautiful Thing, Corrie, Canary, Hushabye Mountain, Babies, Boom Bang A Bang’ and Rupert Street Lonely Hearts Club. He also wrote the 2001 stage musical Closer to Heaven with the Pet Shop Boys and its sequel Muzik.

Noreen Kershaw’s directing credits include Our Girl, Moving On, Scott & Bailey, Emmerdale, Shameless, Heartbeat and Coronation Street. She is also known for acting in Life On Mars, Brookside, and Watching. Noreen also originated the title role of Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre.