London Classic Theatre Announces New Tour
Following the successful tour of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party in 2016, London Classic Theatre Artistic Director Michael Cabot has announced a new production of Terry Johnson’s Hysteria for spring 2017, stopping off at Buxton in February.
Set in 1938. Hampstead, London. The drama unfolds as Sigmund Freud flees Nazi-occupied Austria and settles in leafy Swiss Cottage. The ageing Freud intends to spend his last days in peaceful contemplation, but, when Salvador Dali pays a visit and discovers a naked woman in the closet, eye-popping mayhem ensues. Winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 1994, Terry Johnson’s hilarious farce explores the fallout when two of the twentieth century’s most brilliant and original minds collide.
Abot directs John Dorney (Salvador Dali), Ged McKenna (Sigmund Freud), Summer Strallen (Jessica) and Moray Treadwell (Dr Abraham Yahuda). The production tours to 23 venues around the UK this spring, opening at Malvern Festival Theatre on Wednesday 1 February and arriving at Buxton Opera House from Thursday 16 to Saturday 18 February. Terry Johnson is one of the UK’s most celebrated contemporary playwrights; his most notable successes include Dead Funny, Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick, The Graduate, Insignificance and Mrs Henderson Presents.
London Classic Theatre is one of the UK’s leading touring theatre companies. Recent successes include national tours of the Birthday Party by Harold Pinter, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Backett and Alan Ayckbourne’s Absent Friends.
John Dorney plays Salvador Dali. His work for the company includes Absent Friends, The Caretaker and Humble Boy. Other recent theatre credits include Flight, Peter Pan (National Theatre), Something Beginning With... (Orange Tree Theatre), At the Back and Out of Focus (Soho Theatre).
Ged McKenna plays Sigmund Freud. McKenna previously worked with the company on The Birthday Party. Other theatre credits include Brassed Off, Kes and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Oldham Coliseum). Summer Strallen plays Jessica. Strallen has been nominated for 4 Olivier Awards for performances in Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre & UK tour), Love Never Dies (Adelphi Theatre), The Drowsy Chaperone (Novello Theatre) and The Boyfriend (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).