November 2020

What a Carve Up!

Stephen Fry, Griff Rhys Jones, Sir Derek Jacobi and Sharon D Clarke are among the stellar cast list for the New Wolsey Theatre co-production of What A Carve Up!

For this digital co-production of What A Carve Up! the theatre has teamed up with The Barn and Lawrence Batley Theatres to bring a new adaptation of Jonathan Coe’s acclaimed novel to a virtual ‘stage’. The book has been adapted by Henry Filloux-Bennett (CEO of the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield) especially for this digital production, to be directed by Theatre Clwyd Artistic Director Tamara Harvey.

New Wolsey Theatre Artistic Director Peter Rowe has been working closely with Henry Filloux-Bennett and Iwan Lewis (Artistic Director of The Barn Theatre in Cirencester) to develop the production and to find the right cast for this ground-breaking new show. This is the first time the three theatres have collaborated and it’s a great example of the ways in which theatres are innovating to bring new work to the ‘stage’ in these challenges times. The show ‘opens’ on October 31 and is available until online until November 29.

The production chronicles the events leading up to the ‘Winshaw Murders’. Filled with murder, mayhem and madness, the mystery turns a satirical eye on what it is like to be a member of one of the most corrupt, powerful and toxic families in the country.

Tamara Harvey said, “There are some casts so dazzling that my job, as a director, is to not get in the way. This is one of them. My only sadness, of course, is that we don’t get to be in the rehearsal room together. But the fact that these brilliant actors have all agreed to create this piece to raise money for regional theatres is one of the ways we're all still fighting to ensure that there will still be rehearsals rooms across the country, somewhere, somehow, in our future.”

Audience members will receive a screening link which will activate at their booked performance time for a 48-hour period. A premium option, consisting of a physical programme and pre-theatre dining recipe card, curated by world-renowned chef Asma Khan, will be available for UK residents.

A portion of the proceeds raised by What A Carve Up! will be donated to a freelance fund to support the creative workforce that the theatres would not be able to survive without.

Available online until November 29 | New Wolsey Theatre (digital production)

Standard Ticket £12, Goody Bag Ticket £16

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