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.
Buyer & Cellar at Above The Stag Theatre

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.

Aaron Sidwell star of Buyer & Cellar at Above The Stag Theatre

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


Synopsis


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.


Cast


Starring: Aaron Sidwell

Creatives


Author: Jonathan Tolins
Director: Andrew Beckett
Designer: David Shields

Venue


Above The Stag Theatre - Main House
72 Albert Embankment
Vauxhall
London
SE1 7TP

Dates


From: Wednesday 11 March 2020

Closed: Friday 20 March 2020

Tickets


Standard:

Tue - Thur £22.50

Fri - Sun £25


Links for this news item


Show website
ActDrop full listing for Buyer & Cellar

About London theatre news from ActDrop


We cover all kinds of news stories about theatre in the London area including items about West End, Fringe, Off West End and other venues, as well as new shows coming to the capital, theatre events like scratch nights, theatre festivals and other interesting theatre news that can't be so easily classified!


We'd love to hear from you if you have a news story we can share with theatre-goers.


Just use this form to contact us.


If you are a producer, PR agent or a representative of a theatre company, we have a special page just for you.


And thanks for visiting ActDrop - your support is very much appreciated!


Book tickets for ...


Buy tickets for Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre