27 January, 2020

Full Cast announced for Barefoot In The Park

For the very first time, The Lyceum and Pitlochry Festival Theatre join together to present Neil Simon’s joyful comedy Barefoot In The Park – about love, life and living together - and are thrilled to announce a superb cast for this first collaboration. 

Famously portrayed on the big screen by Jane Fonda and Robert Redford, this stage production stars Jessica Hardwick as Corie, Olivier Huband as Paul, with Clare Grogan as Ethel, and Hamish Clark as Victor Velasco. Marc Small and Karis Jack also star as Harry Pepper, the telephone man, and Audrey Blake, the  singing delivery woman, respectively, and this first spring show at Pitlochry Festival Theatre will be directed by Pitlochry Artistic Director, Elizabeth Newman and feature live performance of irresistible Sixties hits!

Set in 1960s Greenwich Village, we follow the romantic rollercoaster of optimistic Corie and grounded Paul’s relationship as they begin their married life together in their tiny New York apartment. But figuring out the usual daily ups and downs of married life becomes that bit more complicated when Corrie attempts to match-make her mother with their unconventional neighbour, Mr Velasco, whilst conversely coaxing her new husband into living a more laid-back lifestyle in which he doesn’t sweat the small things, lives in the moment, and perhaps even runs barefoot in the park...

Director and Artistic Director of Pitlochry Festival Theatre said: “We are thrilled to be producing Barefoot in the Park with the Lyceum. It is a joyful story that celebrates love. It feels like the world really needs to escape to New York to spend time with Corie and Paul in their love nest! Audiences can expect a great comedy by one of America’s finest playwrights. Neil Simon definitely offers up a lot of laughs and fun. We will also be including some fabulous 60s musical classics.

The acting company are totally glorious. Clare Grogan is an extraordinary actor and singer. She is much-loved by so many people in Scotland and beyond.

Jessica Hardwick is a tour de force; excited to return to the Lyceum opposite another great talent Olivier Huband. Hamish Clark is excited about joining the team too! Most known for his work in television, he can’t wait to breathe life into the charismatic neighbour, Victor. Marc and Karis are brilliant and I am sure will tickle audiences when they arrive in the Bratter house!”

The production stars Jessica Hardwick (The Venetian Twins, The Lyceum; Rhinoceros, The Lyceum, Citizens Theatre and DOT Theatre Istanbul; Cyrano de Bergerac, The Lyceum, Citizens Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland; Knives in Hens, Perth Theatre; The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, National Theatre of Scotland, New York transfer; Lanark: A Life in Three Acts, Citizens Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival) and Olivier Huband (MI:6, Bad Robot; Informer, Neal Street Productions; Such Filthy F*cks; Smoke and Oakum Theatre; An Enemy of the People, Playground Theatre; Sam Wanamaker Festival, Shakespeare’s Globe) as newlywed opposites Corie and Paul. They are joined by Clare Grogan (Lead singer of iconic Scottish band, Altered Images; Gregory’s Girl, Lake Films; The House Bunny, Columbia Pictures; Red Dwarf, BBC) as Corie’s mother, Ethel, and the unsuspecting blind date of eccentric neighbour Victor Velasco, played by Hamish Clark (Holby City XIX, Rab C Nesbitt, Monarch of the Glen, BBC; The Decoy Bride, Ecosse Films; The Albatross, 3rd & Main, Almost Maine, Park Theatre; 24 Hour Plays, The Old Vic).  Completing the cast is Marc Small (The Crucible, Heritage, North and South, Pitlochry Festival Theatre; Gullivers Travels, Hamlet, Jane Eyre, A Christmas Carol, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Octagon Theatre Bolton) as Harry Pepper, the long-suffering telephone man, and Karis Jack (Motown, UK Tour; Les Misérables, Queen’s Theatre, West End; The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, Theatre Royal Stratford East & Tour; Baddies: The Musical, Unicorn Theatre; Hairspray, Curve; Urinetown The Musical, St James Theatre & Apollo Theatre) as the singing delivery woman, Audrey Blake, who takes the audience on a whistle-stop tour through the most beloved music of the era.

Author of The Odd Couple, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Neil Simon is one of America’s most beloved writers. Barefoot in the Park is one of his great works alongside Promises, Promises and Brighton Beach Memories.

OPENS at Pitlochry Festival Theatre March 12 until 29, and onto the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, 3-25 April. For a perfect chance to look forward to spring with joy and romance in your heart,  book your tickets with the Box Office team on 01796 484626 or click here to book online.

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