The touching and hilarious classic play, April in Paris, tours to St George’s Hall on 12th and 13th July. The play explores one ordinary couple as they go on the journey of a lifetime. Al and Bet have been married for 26 years, and life has taken its toll. There’s little to look forward to (something I’m sure we can all relate to after the last year!) but Bet wants to travel the world. Finally her hobby of entering magazine competitions comes in handy and the two get the chance to visit Paris via a luxury trip on P&O Ferries.
It’s all classic Godber! He’s a fantastic playwright and for anyone based in Yorkshire it’s a total treat to see his work.
The show’s directed by Richard Lewis and stars Joe Pasquale and Sarah Earnshaw. They’ve both worked together before on the UK tour of Some Mother’s Do ‘Ave ‘Em, so it’s clear the pair have chemistry.
Most people will know Joe Pasquale from his stand up tours and voiceover work. He’s voiced characters for Hollywood movies Garfield: A Tale of Two Kittens and Horton
Hears a Who! In addition, Joe took part recently in ITV1’s The All New Monty: Who Bares Wins, he was crowned ‘King of the Jungle’ in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here in 2004 (I know, right, how long ago was that? I remember him on the show so well, what a lovely fella). He’s also appeared on five Royal Variety Performances and hosted The Price is Right for ITV. Joe is a proper national treasure and I’m sure people can’t wait to see him back on that stage!
I’ve seen Sarah Earnshaw star as Jennifer Lore in the UK Tour of Nativity – The Musical. She was fab so I’m sure this will be another wonderful role for her. Her other theatre credits include Travels with My Aunt, The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot and the original London cast of Wicked.
Joe Pasquale said, “I have been a huge fan of John Godber’s work for the past 30 years since I first saw Bouncers, so to be given a chance to perform this specially adapted version of one of John’s finest creations is a dream come true. To be able to perform this show with Sarah Earnshaw is a true delight. John has written a masterclass of comedy and pathos, with such a sense of realism, reflecting the way life is in a long relationship.
“This is probably the longest rehearsed ‘two hander’ play in history; I’ve already grown four
cauliflowers and a crop of onions since we started! We have been working on it since last
September, in the hope of theatres reopening in the autumn of last year, but, sadly, we kept getting pushed back and finding doors shutting on us just as we were ready to perform it. So we continued to rehearse and hone it.”
Producer and director, Richard Lewis said, “I’m delighted to finally be able to present April in Paris! The production has been specially designed and rehearsed to cater for a socially distanced audience and the performance will represent a milestone in the theatre industry’s rejuvenation. I hope audiences will support a bold initiative to get theatre back where it belongs – in front of an audience – whilst supporting their local theatre and having a good laugh while they are doing it!”
Book your tickets for the show by heading to the Bradford Theatres website.