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Gareth John Bale (Torch Theatre’s Grav) and Louise Collins star as Aneurin Bevan and Jennie Lee In a political love-story from award-winning Welsh Theatre company Theatr na nÓg     

Gareth John Bale (Torch Theatre’s Grav) 
and Louise Collins star as Aneurin Bevan and Jennie Lee
In a political love-story from award-winning 
Welsh Theatre company Theatr na nÓg
NYE & JENNIE
Multi award-winning Welsh theatre company, Theatr na nÓg (TOM, Eye of the Storm) have announced a UK-wide tour of their acclaimed political love story Nye & Jennie this autumn.

The tour coincides with the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS in 1948, a year in which reflection on the NHS and its founding ideals have inevitably been making the news, and Bevan’s achievement recognised and celebrated across the country.

This intimate and poetic play offers a fascinating insight on the marriage of one of the most outstanding political partnerships of the 20th Century and saw writer Meredydd Barker nominated for Best Playwright at the Welsh Theatre Awards 2017. A notable cast features Gareth John Bale as Aneurin Bevan, who has recently returned from New York performing his celebrated role in Torch
Theatre’s one-man show Grav, and fresh from touring with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Louise Collins as Jennie Lee. This is Theatr na nÓg’s first co-production with Aneurin Leisure Trust, a natural partner for a play about their local hero.

Aneurin Bevan, better known as ‘Nye’, and his wife Jennie Lee fought together for a new way of life for the people of Britain; he the Welsh Valleys’ firebrand on the Labour backbenches, who rose to become one of the greatest politicians this country has ever seen, and she the miner’s daughter from Fife who became a Socialist MP before she was old enough to vote. Together they navigated the turbulent world of politics to set up great British Institutions for the benefit of all - the National Health Service and the Open University.

Director of Nye & Jennie, and Theatr na nÓg Artistic Director Geinor Styles said;

"The running theme through all of our work as a company is to tell stories of inspirational characters, whether it be a large scale musical, show for schools or main stage drama. We wanted to tell the story of two extraordinary individuals, who both from humble origins succeeded in changing the lives of generations of ordinary people.”

Tickets are now on sale

Tour details

17 Oct – The Metropole, Abertillery
18 Oct – Blackwood Miners’ Institute, Caerphilly
19 Oct – The Welfare, Ystradgynlais
20 Oct – Aberystwyth Arts Centre
23 Oct – Maesteg Town Hall
24 Oct – The Riverfront, Newport
25 Oct – Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon
26 Oct – Galeri, Caernarfon
2 & 3 Nov – Edinburgh Festival Theatre
7 Nov – Garth Olwg, Pontypridd
9 Nov – Theatr Stiwt, Rhosllanchrugog
10 Nov – The Hafren, Newtown
13 Nov – Neuadd Dwyfor – Pwllheli
14 Nov – Pontardawe Arts Centre
15 Nov – The Ffwrnes, Llanelli
16 Nov – The Borough Theatre, Abergavenny
17 Nov – The Torch Theatre, Milford Haven


Theatr na Nóg  
web site
: www.theatr-nanog.co.uk
Nancy Sheterline
e-mail: nancy@theatr-nanog.co.uk
Thursday, September 13, 2018back

 

 

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