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Rough Crossing set to dock at Leeds Grand Theatre

The long-awaited return of Tom Stoppard’s caper will play in Leeds from 1st April.

Rough Crossing at Leeds Grand Theatre Credit Pamela Raith Photography
Rough Crossing at Leeds Grand Theatre Credit Pamela Raith Photography

The high class, high seas comedy Rough Crossing is set to dock at Leeds Grand Theatre from 1st April, with John Partridge and Charlie Stemp leading an all-star cast.

Written by Academy, Tony and Olivier award-winning writer Tom Stoppard and directed by acclaimed director Rachel Kavanaugh, Rough Crossing tells the tale of two famous but desperate playwrights stuck in an ocean liner headed for New York.

The company of Rough Crossing. Credit: Pamela Raith Photography.

The company of Rough Crossing. Credit: Pamela Raith Photography.

Feverishly trying to rehearse their latest show before reaching land (and opening night), they are constantly distracted by their delicate composer’s attempts to end it all, having overheard his lover confess her feelings to the leading man.

Add an absurdly unorthodox waiter, a mistimed lifeboat drill and a vanishing glass of brandy and soon the sharp Atlantic winds turn to world-class gales of laughter as these colourful characters become tangled up in a typically Stoppardian string of absurd events.

John Partridge as Turai. Credit: Pamela Raith Photography.

John Partridge as Turai. Credit: Pamela Raith Photography.

The star cast is led by John Partridge; winner of this year’s Celebrity Masterchef, charismatic Christian Clarke in EastEnders and one of musical theatre’s most prolific leading men having played in major West End musical hits, including Chorus Line, Chicago and La Cage Aux Folles.

Rough Crossing is at Leeds Grand Theatre from Monday 1 to Saturday 6 April 2019. Book online at leedsgrandtheatre.com or call Box Office on 0844 848 2700

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