Cast announced for Cops

London theatre news: Tuesday 17 December 2019

Comedy drama - Off-West End - Shows

Final casting is announced for the UK premiere of Tony Tortora's 'Cops', playing at Southwark Playhouse from 15 January to 1 February.
Cops at Southwark Playhouse

Image: Southwark Playhouse

Written by American writer Tony Tortora and directed by Andy Jordan, Cops is a new play inspired by real-life events in the frequently brutal and corrupt world of 1950's Chicago policing and mob violence.

Playing at Southwark Playhouse from 15 January to 1 February, Cops is as much a comedy as a drama with razor-sharp, witty banter and authentic spiky dialogue set alongside explosive scenes of emotional power and soul-baring poignancy.

Cast of Cops at Southwark Playhouse

(From left) Roger Alborough, Jack Flammiger, Daniel Francis, James Sobol Kelly

The cast includes:

Roger Alborough who was Andy Capp in 'Andy Capp the Musical' at the Finborough Theatre and The Professor, 'The Lesson' at The Hope Theatre.

Jack Flammiger a recent BA (Hons) RADA graduate making his professional debut in 'COPS'.

Daniel Francis who had the lead role in 'The Brothers Size' and 'Blackta' at The Young Vic and 'Off The Endz' at the Royal Court.

James Sobol Kelly who was in 'The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable', 'Faust' and 'The Masque of the Red Death, all produced by Punchdrunk/National Theatre.

He also played Shylock in 'The Merchant of Venice' and Gloucester in 'King Lear' for Guildford Shakespeare Company.

About the playwright

Writer Tony Tortora is originally from Brooklyn but now lives in Harrogate, England.

The first few lines of 'COPS' sprang into his mind while reading an account of a real life 1950's Chicago criminal case.

While the cops are fictional the gangsters' names are all taken from their real life counterparts.

Despite its carefully researched 50's story, the play's depiction of the need for people from widely differing ethnic and social backgrounds to overcome prejudice and suspicion and work together seems just as relevant now.

About the director

Andy Jordan has a long track record for discovering, developing and successfully

directing new plays.

His work as a director and producer in theatre and radio has been wide-ranging, pioneering and award-winning.

He has directed over 100 new plays and is renowned for discovering and helping to develop literally hundreds of new writers, many of whom are now internationally recognised, including Jimmy McGovern (creator 'Cracker'), Glenn Chandler (creator 'Taggart'), Allan Cubitt (Emmy award-winning lead writer 'Prime Suspect'), Don Webb ('Byker Grove'), Paul Unwin ('Casualty'), Craig Warner (award-winning screenwriter of the TV films about Princess Margaret and Robert Maxwell), and

acclaimed National Theatre/Almeida Theatre/Royal Court Theatre writer, Richard Bean, author of the international hit, 'One Man, Two Guvnors'.

Show listing information


Chicago. 1957.

Four cops, of different ages, classes and races, all suspicious of each other, must grab a gangster turned state witness before the Mob can get him.

Outside their office, the world is changing.

The Civil Rights movement. Race riots. Mass consumerism.

Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis has arrived. Sex is everywhere.

Cops was inspired by real-life events in the often brutal and corrupt world of 1950's Chicago policing and mob violence.

With wit, humour and razor-sharp, fast-moving dialogue, this emotionally powerful and poignant new play movingly reveals the men's personal stories.


Roger Alborough

Jack Flammiger

Daniel Francis

James Sobol Kelly


Author: Tony Tortora
Composer: Simon Slater
Director: Andy Jordan
Designer: Anthony Lamble
Lighting: Chris Corner
Sound: Simon Slater
Dramaturg: Andy Jordan
Production: Andy Jordan Productions and Pluto Productions


Southwark Playhouse - The Little
77-85 Newington Causeway


From: Wednesday 15 January 2020

Closed: Saturday 1 February 2020


Previews: £14

Standard: £22

Concessions: £18


Show website
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