LES DENNIS and Andrew Schofield are teaming up in a brand new comedy play this summer at Liverpool’s Royal Court.
The Miracle Of Great Homer Street by Gerry Linford was a runner up in last year’s Hope Playwriting Prize, for which two of the judging panel were Les Dennis and Royal Court Executive Producer Kevin Fearon. Both felt that the show would be a big hit with a Royal Court audience and they have worked with the writer to make the leap from the page to the stage.
It’s Liverpool, 1978. The World Cup is on and Father Aherne, who likes a bet, is on a winning streak. It’s as if he’s getting help from above.
His luck doesn’t stretch to accommodation as he finds himself without a roof over his head. His prayers are quickly answered when Marion, one of his parishioners, is delighted to offer him her spare room. Terry, her non-believing husband, is not so keen.
Over the summer, the two men bond when the beautiful game seems to be going in their favour but will they triumph when the final whistle blows?
The cast is now confirmed and, Les and Andrew are joined by Jake Abraham, Katie King, Cath Rice and Bobby Schofield. The show is Directed by Royal Court regular Bob Eaton.
Bobby Schofield has recently finished a run in the TV show Knightfall and appeared in the film Black Sea alongside Jude Law. This will be the first time that he has appeared alongside his father, Andrew, in a stage show.
Kevin Fearon, Executive Producer at Liverpool’s Royal Court, is looking forward to another success: “Finding this show was a real highlight of the Hope Playwriting Prize. While it didn’t win the prize itself I was excited by how well it fitted in with the style of shows that we produce here. Les was really enthusiastic about it too and once he came on board we knew that we had to get it on stage here.”
Les Dennis said: “When I first read Miracle I knew instantly it would work brilliantly with a Liverpool audience. The characters are so well written, the story is one that will immediately appeal and the sense of period will strike a chord with Royal Court regulars. It’s themes of football, faith and scouse culture in the 70s are at the core of this comedy with a heart.”
The Miracle Of Great Homer Street runs from 1 to 30 June 2018. Tickets and information are available from www.royalcourtliverpool.com or on 0151 709 4321