London Classic Theatre announce UK tour and full cast of Bernard Slade's Same Time, Next Year

Michael Cabot directs Kieran Buckeridge and Sarah Kempton in one of the world’s most widely staged plays, originally produced on Broadway in 1975

London Classic Theatre today announce a new UK tour of Bernard Slade’s Same Time, Next YearMichael Cabot directs Kieran Buckeridge(George) and Sarah Kempton (Doris) in one of the world’s most widely staged plays, originally produced on Broadway in 1975. 

The production opens at Malvern Theatres on 26 January, before touring to Winchester, Mold, Bury St Edmunds, Ilfracombe, Bracknell, Derby, Poole and Eastbourne, concluding at New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme on 16 April 2022.

Artistic Director Michael Cabot said today “We’re delighted to be starting rehearsals for this wonderful play. Same Time, Next Year is a charming, nostalgic romantic comedy from the 1970s, with a witty, engaging script. It’s our first new show in two years, so it’s been fantastic to be back in design and costume meetings as part of our pre-production. One of the big challenges of this play is the timeframe, which runs from 1951 to 1975, and convincingly showing the ever-changing fashions and styles as the years go by. Designer Bek Palmer has been ingenious in bringing these very different decades to life.”

Doris and George meet in 1951, a chance encounter in a Californian hotel that leads to a passionate one-night stand. Both are married to other people, but, soon aware that this might be the start of something, they promise to meet 12 months later. So begins a romantic love affair that lasts 25 years.

The play charts their lives through the ups and downs of parenthood, career highs and lows as well as the shifting fashions and morals of the passing decades.

Bernard Slade paints a bittersweet, nostalgic and funny portrait of two likeable protagonists who find themselves in the most unusual of long-term relationships.

Bernard Slade was a Canadian playwright and screenwriter.  As a playwright, his credits include TributeRomantic ComedySpecial Occasions and An Act of the Imagination. As a screenwriter, his credits include created The Flying NunThe Partridge Family, Love on a RooftopBridget Loves Bernie and The Girl with Something Extra

Kieran Buckeridge plays George.  His previous credits for London Classic Theatre include Private Lives.  Other theatre credits include Swallows and Amazons (York Theatre Royal), The Prince and the PauperWind in the Willows (New Vic Theatre), Up Down ManCan’t Buy Me LoveMother Goose, Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse), The Secret AdversaryPinafore Swing (Watermill Theatre), ElektraThe RivalsThe History BoysOur Country’s GoodThe Recruiting OfficerThe Deep Blue SeaLootThe Woman in BlackThe Good Companions, All My Sons (Theatre by the Lake), Two, Merlin (Dukes, Lancaster), Blithe SpiritA Midsummer Night’s DreamMoonlight and MagnoliasThe Mikado (Stephen Joseph Theatre), David CopperfieldTravels with my AuntReturn to the Forbidden PlanetDick Barton (Oldham Coliseum), and Hamlet (Nuffield Southampton Theatres).  For television, his credits include Traitors, Moving On and for film, Darkest Hour.

Sarah Kempton plays Doris. Her theatre credits include Sense and Sensibility, Bold Girls (York Theatre Royal), Amy’s View (Theatre Royal Windsor), Breaking the Code (English Theatre Frankfurt), Beau Jest (Vienna’s English Theatre), A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Greenwich Theatre), Poultry (Arcola Theatre), Woman in the Wall (Theatre503), Alcestis (Iris Theatre) and Macbeth (Young Shakespeare Company).  Her television credits include Miranda, Not Going Out, Vines and The Intern.

Michael Cabot directs and is the founder and Artistic Director of London Classic Theatre. He has directed all forty-two LCT productions since their touring debut in 2000, including Absurd Person SingularNo Man’s LandMy Mother Said I Never Should, Private Lives, Hysteria, The Birthday Party, Waiting for Godot, Absent Friends, Entertaining Mr Sloane and Equus. His freelance work as director includes three recent collaborations with award-winning playwright Henry NaylorThe Collector (Arcola Theatre/UK tour), Angel and Borders(Edinburgh Festival Fringe).


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