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Olivier award-winning play Rotterdam to tour UK next Spring

Following three critically acclaimed runs in London and a highly successful transfer to New York, Olivier award-winning play Rotterdam will embark on an extensive UK tour next Spring.

Written by acclaimed playwright Jon Brittain, Rotterdam is a bittersweet comedy about gender, sexuality and being a long way from home.

It’s New Year in Rotterdam, and Alice has finally plucked up the courage to email her parents and tell them she’s gay. But before she can hit send, her girlfriend Fiona reveals that he has always identified as male and now wants to start living as a man named Adrian. Now, as Adrian confronts the reality of his transition, Alice faces a question she never thought she’d ask… does this mean she’s straight?

Director Donnacadh O’Briain said, ‘We are delighted to be taking Rotterdam on its first UK tour. It’s a privilege to be able to share this funny, moving and beautiful story with audiences around the whole country.’

Jon Brittain was inspired to write Rotterdam after several of his friends transitioned in the late 2000s. He became aware of the absence of transgender stories in pop culture and wanted to address this on the stage. Through writing this show, he researched and consulted widely including talking to trans people and their partners, conducting a reading for members of trans communities and discussing the show with various organisations, including Trans Media Watch who then endorsed Rotterdam, and the charity Gendered Intelligence, who the company dedicated their Olivier award to.

Rotterdam was recently co-produced in Los Angeles by Hartshorn – Hook Productions and Skylight Theatre where the production won the top award at the Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Awards jointly with Hamilton.

Hartshorn – Hook Productions are committed to ensuring Rotterdam has equality and gender diversity among the cast and creatives. The full cast and more venues will be announced in early 2019.

Tour dates:

4th – 6th April Rose Theatre
24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL

8th – 10th April Theatre Royal Brighton
New Road, Brighton BN1 1SD

11th – 13th April York Theatre Royal
St Leonard’s Place, York YO1 7HD

29th April – 4th May Leicester Haymarket Theatre
1 Garrick Walk, Leicester LE1 3AF

9th – 11th May Glassbox Theatre
Harlow College, Velizy Avenue, Harlow, Essex CM20 3EZ

16th – 18th May Northcott Theatre
Stocker Road, Exeter EX4 4QB

20th – 22nd May Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP

23rd – 25th May Malvern Theatre
Grange Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3HB

27th – 29th May Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX

3rd – 5th June Theatr Clwyd
Raikes Ln, Mold CH7 1YA

6 – 8th June Nuffield Southampton Theatres
NST Campus, University Road, Southampton, Hampshire SO17 1TR

10th – 12th June Devonshire Park Theatre
Compton Street, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4BW

Angela Johnson
Angela Johnson
Angela is Theatre Editor at Entertainment Focus. A journalist and writer, she's a 'plastic' scouser now living in London. She loves absorbing all 'the arts' the capital has to offer, especially live comedy.

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