The Kings of Hull prepare to return to the Hull New Theatre Stage
A year on from the phenomenal success of The Kings of Hull, the cast are back in the rehearsal room for the eagerly awaited sequel which opens at Hull New Theatre on Wednesday 5 September.
The Kings, a fictional, multi-generational family from Hull, first stepped into the limelight in 2017 when Hull Culture and Leisure commissioned award-winning playwright, and internationally renowned Artistic Director, John Godber OBE to write a play as part of the hugely successful opening season at Hull New Theatre following its £16m refurbishment.
John said: “I am delighted to be returning to the Kings of Hull. It was brilliant to be working in the refurbished New Theatre year, and I can’t wait to get cracking on this new piece, which I think might be even funnier than the first!”
Produced in partnership with Theatre Royal Wakefield, the sequel, Long Live the Kings of Hull picks up the story of the dysfunctional family as they embark on a mad dash to the Dutch capital, Amsterdam and face a variety of challenges. The play tackles themes such as loneliness and social isolation, anti-social behaviour and the role of the family.
The original cast return to the family bosom with Martin Barrass (The Hypocrite, Hull Truck Theatre, and York Theatre Royal perennial panto favourite) reprising his role as Malcolm; Jane Thornton (BAFTA Award winning playwright) returning as Becky; Pippa Fulton (Emmerdale, BBC Fame Academy) as Kealey; Josie Morley (This Might Hurt and The Empty Nesters’ Club, John Godber Company) as Jenny; Grace Christiansen as Lilly; Peter McMillan as Karl and Robert Angell (Emmerdale, The Odd Squad, Thunder Road, Doctors, Bloomin’ Marvellous, 2point4 Children, Love Birds, Sons and Lovers, The Bill, Brookside and Boon) as Trevor.
The cast will also be joined by students from Archbishop Sentamu Academy.
Long Live the Kings of Hull comes to Hull New Theatre from 5-15 September 2018. Book at the Hull City Hall Box Office, call 01482 300 306 or visit the website www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.