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.”