Quartet comedy comes to Cheltenham Everyman

Mark Goucher, the new chief executive of the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre, is presenting the classic comedy Quartet as his first production at the venue.

After its Cheltenham run (February 8-17), the play will visit Sheffield, Ipswich, Birmingham, Salisbury, Brighton, Cambridge, Richmond and Bath.

The play will star Paul Nicholas (The Real Marigold Hotel, Just Good Friends and EastEnders); Wendi Peters (Coronation Street, Oh What A Lovely War); Sue Holderness (Only Fools and Horses, The Green Grass); and Jeff Rawle (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Drop the Dead Donkey).

Quartet is the tale of a group of ageing opera singers in a Kent retirement home. A new resident arrives, old rivalries resurface, and chaos unfolds, but the show must go on.

Goucher – who produced last year’s West End revival of The Dresser – said: “After The Dresser I wanted to tour another of Ronald Harwood’s plays and in my new role at Cheltenham I felt that Quartet would be a perfect show for this theatre to produce and then tour.”

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