Buyer & Cellar - Above The Stag Theatre
London theatre news: Sunday 23 February 2020
Off-West End - Shows
Starring Aaron Sidwell, Jonathan Tolins' Buyer & Cellar will get a run at Above The Stag theatre from 11 March.
Image courtesy Above The Stag Theatre
Jonathan Tolins' one-man play - Buyer & Cellar - will run in the main house at Above The Stag theatre from Wednesday 11 March to Sunday 19 April starring Aaron Sidwell (Eastenders - Steven Beale 2007/8 and 2016/17; Fiyero in 2018 UK Tour of Wicked).
A big hit in New York, London and Australia, Buyer & Cellar is a bitchy and exuberant fantasy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs.
The play focuses on a struggling out of work actor, recently fired from Disneyland, who lands a job working in Barbra Streisand's basement, organising her famous 'street of shops'.
Andrew Beckett, Above The Stag's Artistic Director, will direct.
Buyer & Cellar premiered at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre in New York City on April 2, 2013 before transferring to Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre on June 24, 2013, closing in 2014.
The original production starred Michael Urie and was directed by Stephen Brackett.
Urie won a Clarence Derwent Award for his performance as well as a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, and the play won the 2014-2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show.
Photo: Aaron Sidwell
About the actor
Aaron Sidwell's career began at 18 when he was cast in the BBC's long running drama Eastenders playing the role of Steven Beale, a role he returned to in 2016.
Theatre credits include: most recently the role of Macduff in Macbeth (Salomans Estate, Turnbridge Wells); Henry V in Henry V (The Barn Theatre, Cirencester); the UK Tour of Wicked as Fiyero; a critically acclaimed run as Johnny in Green Day's American Idiot (Arts Theatre, London); Joe Kennedy Jnr & Jerry in Grey Gardens with Sheila Hancock & Jenna Russell (Southwark Playhouse); Carl Bruner in Ghost the Musical (English Theatre Frankfurt); Michael Dork in the Olivier Award Nominated Loserville: The Musical (West Yorkshire Playhouse & Garrick Theatre West End).
Film & TV credits (in addition to the role of Steven Beale in Eastenders) include: Doctors (BBC), Lewis in The Nephilim; the Internet drama Almost but Not Quite, and Blood Army.
About the director
Andrew Beckett worked in television and theatre for several years before completing a Performing Arts degree at Bath Spa University.
His first job after graduating was as assistant director of Orestes: Reimagined at the Southwark Playhouse.
Since then, he has worked as an actor, director, or designer on over 100 shows.
Highlights of his work include an international tour with the Royal Court Theatre, directing over 25 productions for the Paul Taylor Mills Repertory Season, and directing a 200-strong performance for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
As Associate Director for Above The Stag theatre, he directed 17 shows.
His credits include 7 Pantomimes, most recently last year's smash hit Mother Goose Cracks One Out!; Jonathan Harvey's Boom Bang-a-Bang (Offie Nominated: Best Director); Chris Woodley's Next Lesson; and the award winning sell-out show, Grindr the Opera.
Show listing information
An out of work actor is hired for a mysterious job at an undisclosed location - and finds himself working in Barbra Streisand's legendary street of shops beneath her Malibu home, full of her memorabilia.
Soon he strikes up a rapport with Barbra herself.
Is it real friendship, or something else?
A big hit in New York, London and Australia, Jonathan Tolins' Buyer & Cellar is a hilarious, bitchy and exuberant fantasy about fame.
Author: Jonathan Tolins
Director: Andrew Beckett
Designer: David Shields
From: Wednesday 11 March 2020
Closed: Friday 20 March 2020
Tue - Thur £22.50
Fri - Sun £25
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