Rotterdam to embark on UK tour

Tuesday 13 November 2018

Shows - Tours

Following three critically acclaimed runs in London and a highly successful transfer to New York, Donnacadh O'Briain's Olivier award-winning production of Rotterdam will embark on an extensive UK tour next April.
Rotterdam to embark on UK tour

Image courtesy Hartshorn - Hook Productions

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

The play has already had three critically acclaimed runs in London and a highly successful transfer to New York, and is now scheduled to embark on an extensive tour of the UK.

With full casting to be announced, and more venues to be added in early 2019, the tour will currently run from 4 April starting off in the London area at the Rose Theatre in Kingston - see the announced tour schedule below.

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.

Here's the tour schedule (with further dates to be announced early next year):

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

6th - 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


Writer - Jon Brittain

Director - Donnacadh O'Briain

Designer - Ellan Parry

Lighting Design - Richard Williamson

Sound Design - Keegan Curran

Associate Director - Roxy Cook

Producers - Louis Hartshorn and Brian Hook, Hartshorn - Hook Productions

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