Rotterdam comes to York Theatre Royal

The Olivier-award-winning play Rotterdam by Jon Brittain is coming to York Theatre Royal.

Following three critically acclaimed runs in London and a stint in the Big Apple, Rotterdam is arriving in York to impress local audiences.

The show is written by John Brittain, staff writer on The Crown and writer of A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad). Though a comedy, the play tackles some tough themes. He was inspired to write Rotterdam after several of his friends transitioned in the late 2000s and he became acutely aware of the absence of transgender stories in pop culture and wanted to address this on the stage.  Through writing this show, he researched and consulted widely including talking to trans people and their partners, so it is a very well-thought-out production and likely to be a real eye-opener for those less educated on trans issues. 

Alice is finally about to tell her parents she’s gay, when her girlfriend reveals they’ve always identified as a man. Does that mean Alice is straight? Hartshorn-Hook Productions are ensuring the play has equality and gender diversity among the cast and creative.

Lucy Jane Parkinson is a non-binary actor, with an MA in Contemporary Performance Making. She won several awards and accolades for her performance as Joan in the one-person show of the same name. Lucy Jane is also a DragKing Cabaret artiste LoUis CYfer and won the Drag Idol title in 2014 as well as King of the Fringe in 2015.

Lucy said: “I’m ecstatic to be playing Fiona/Adrian. From the moment I saw the casting and read the play I felt connected to the character’s journey through self-discovery. This show is a turning point for theatre both in terms of its subject matter and its casting of non-binary/trans actors. I can’t wait to use my queerness openly and proudly to retell their story.”

Director Donnacadh O’Briain comments: “We are delighted to be taking Rotterdam on its first UK tour. It’s a privilege to be able to share this funny, moving and beautiful story with audiences around the whole country.”

The show’s coming to York for a limited time only between 11th-13th April, so make sure you get your tickets sorted.

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