Three Men In A Boat - New Wolsey Theatre

Three Men In A Boat

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Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

By / Jerome K Jerome
Adapted by & Directed by / Craig Gilbert
Designed by / Victoria Spearing
Lighting by / Alan Valentine

Following a sell-out hit tour in 2012, Craig Gilbert’s ingenious, acclaimed adaption of Jerome K Jerome’s classic tale of boating misadventure returns to the UK stage this autumn armed with more singing, wilder adventures and sporting even brighter blazers.

Originally intended as a guide to boating on the Thames, Jerome’s ripping yarn of youthful friendship, mischief and folly celebrates the very essence of Britishness inspiring many of our comic legends from Morecambe and Wise to Monty Python.

Original Theatre Company take this classic tale of British misadventure and folly by the scruff of the neck. Equipped with a working pub, live piano accompaniment, some ale, music hall singing, a dog and a feast of physical comedy, settle yourself in for a night out to remember.

Cast & Creatives

Tom Hackney — Harris

Tom graduated from Cygnet Training Theatre, Exeter.

Theatre: credits include Charlotte’s Web (Liverpool Playhouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Drum Theatre, Plymouth); Three Musketeers (Illyria); Hard Times (Orange Tree Theatre); Fair Maid of the West (Creative Cow) and The Dumb Waiter (Bike Shed, Exeter).
For Original Theatre: Shakespeare’s R&J, Journeys End and Three Men in a Boat.

Tom is a producer and associate artist of Original Theatre.

His producing credits for Original Theatre include: Three Men in a Boat (co-produced with Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds), The Private Ear, The Public Eye (co-produced with Yvonne Arnaud) and Birdsong (co-produced with Birdsong productions, 2013, 2014).

He has also put together national tours of: See How They Run, Our Country’s Good, Twelfth Night and Hard Times Tom is an artistic associate of the Third Man Theatre which future projects include: Mugs Arrows (national tour 2015)

Paul Westwood — George

Paul trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Theatre: includes Dunsinane (RSC/National Theatre of Scotland, tour to Asia & Russia); A Life of Galileo (RSC/Theatre Royal Bath UK Tour); the one-man play Two's Company (Old Vic Tunnels); Outward Bound (Finborough); The Seagull (Arcola Theatre); Henry V (Barbican); Dancing at Lughnasa (UK Tour/Original Theatre Company); Manchester (Arcola Theatre); Plucker (Southwark Playhouse); The Ring of Truth (Orange Tree); Twelfth Night (York Theatre Royal); Great Expectations (Manchester Library Theatre); Hapgood (Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse); Nick Payne's Starlings (Old Vic 24 Hour Plays); Othello (Birmingham Stage Company at the Old Rep/Bloomsbury); Love and Understanding (Pleasance, London) and title role in Hamlet (Robsham Theatre, USA).

Film: includes Mortdecai (Dir. David Koepp), opposite Johnny Depp.17

Televsion: includes series regular Niccolo Ardinghelli in Da Vinci's Demons (Starz/BBC); Gracie! (BBC); Walter's War (BBC) and Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story (Wall to Wall/BBC) oppposite Julie Walters, playing her son.

Radio includes Voices from the Old Bailey (BBC Radio).

Paul will return to Dunsinane for its USA Tour in early 2015.

Alastair Whatley — J

Director, actor and producer, Alastair is the Artistic Director of The Original Theatre Company.

When not on tour he lives and works in Bury St Edmunds. As an actor he has worked across the country credits include his own production of Birdsong, Henry V (RSC), The Importance of Being Oscar (International Tour), See How They Run, Twelfth Night, Journey's End, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Madness of George III, the title role in Henry V (South Hill Park Arts Centre) and a
site specific Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (The Royal Armouries).

Directing credits for the company include first class national and international tours of Birdsong (2014, 2013) The Private Ear and the Public Eye (2013) Our Country’s Good (2012), Twelfth Night (2011), Dancing at Lughnasa (2011), The Madness of George III starring Simon Ward (2010), Journey’s End (2010), Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (2008), Twelfth Night (2005), The Taming of the Shrew (2006) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (2006). Other Directing credits include The Merry Wives of Windsor (2006) and Henry V (2007) for South Hill Park Arts Centre. In 2007, Alastair also worked as ‘The Director in Residence’ at The Powell Theatre in Sherborne where he directed Twelfth Night for the second time. As a producer he has worked on all the Company's past shows, from Twelfth Night in 2005 to Three Men in a Boat in 2014.

He is the recipient of The Max Cary Award for innovation and in 2010 was awarded The Stage One Bursary. Most recently his production of Birdsong was nominated as best production in this year’s Manchester Theatre Awards.

Anna Westlake — Pianist

Anna trained at Drama Studio London. She is a skilled actor-musician and ex-member of chamber-pop band The Irrepressibles.

Theatre: credits include The Odyssey (Derby Theatre); A Comedy of Errors (Oddsocks Productions); Fertility Objects (Rondo Theatre Bath); A Christmas Carol (Trafalgar Studios London); Scatter Like Ash (Camden People’s Theatre); Twelfth Night (Roughhouse Theatre); Alice’s Adventures in the New World (Fluff Productions); When the Lights Went Out (Stroud Theatre Company); White
Lights (Theatre West).

Film: credits include The Sonnets Project (Titian Repertory); Wrestling Yetis (Ben Mills).

Reviews of Three Men In A Boat

What the press say

‘Funny and bizarre production will rock you with laughter… a joy to watch.’

Eastern Daily Press

'This fresh and fun production will have you laughing and smiling.'

Bury Free Press

'This vibrant and innovative production is unpredictable and absolute fun from the moment you board.'


What the public say

‘Brilliant, funny, exuberant performance! Our family group ranged from 10 to 74 and we all enjoyed it enormously.’

Audience Comment

‘What a fantastic fun evening! The show passed in a flash; the timing, pace and slapstick were spot on.’

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