Going Ape - Union Theatre

London theatre news: Thursday 15 October 2020

Off-West End - Shows

Dance Attic Studios is set to transfer its in-house produced show Going Ape! to the Union Theatre this November.
Going Ape at The Union Theatre

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Dance Attic Studios will transfer its in-house produced show Going Ape!, written by Andrew Corbet Bucher, to the Union Theatre next month.

The production challenges both science and religion by bringing together various "first" humans.

Having previously been primed to play last April, the show is now scheduled to run from 11 to 21 November 2020.

Playwright Andrew Corbet Bucher is director of Dance Attic Studios, and also wrote last year's piece 'Isolated Incident'.

The cast is led by Wendi Peters, most recently be seen as Madame Latour in the UK Tour of the premiere of John Cleese's farce Bang Bang! and is best known for her role as Cilla Battersby Brown in Coronation Street, which led to appearances on many programmes including Celebrity Mastermind and Celebrity MasterChef, in which she reached the finals.

Wendi is joined by ballet dancer Anabel Kutay (The McOnie Company; New Adventures Company) as Genevieve, and a cast including Jeremy Taylor (The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty's), Nick Barclay (The Mousetrap, UK Tour), Henry Collie (Lancaster Skies, Amazon), and Laura Tyrer (9 to 5, UK Tour).

Director Evan Ensign is an American director/associate director/resident director who has been living in the UK for eight years.

He has substantial Broadway, West End and touring theatre experience in the UK and US, with recent credits including Rent (Worklight Productions, US Tour), Wrong Songs for Christmas (National Theatre), Avenue Q (Misi Produciones, Bogota) and resident director of The Phantom of the Opera (West End) in 2016-17.

Show listing information


Adam and Eve, who lived for 900 years, after their expulsion from the Garden of Eden are both waiting for the arrival of their eldest son Cain, dropping in for a short visit to break the monotony of his homeless wandering life ... a life sentence imposed on him by God for killing his brother Abel.

But Cain brings with him a woman he's met in Africa.

She is Australopithecus Afarensis, the earliest known woman.

As Cain's girlfriend is introduced to the family it soon becomes clear that they are destined to put on the first show on earth …. GOING APE.


Adam - Nick Barclay

Seth - Henry Collie

Genevieve - Anabel Kutay

Cain - Jeremy Taylor

Lucy - Laura Tyrer

Eve - Wendi Peters


Author: Andrew Corbet Burcher
Director: Evan Ensign
Set designer: Poppy Corbet Burcher
Costume designer: Cieranne Kennedy-Bell
Lighting: Tom McGloin
Sound: Tom McGloin


The Union Theatre
229 Union Street


From: Tuesday 10 November 2020

Closes: Saturday 21 November 2020


Standard: £20

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