Rough Crossing

High class comedy on the high seas.

One of Tom Stoppard’s most hilarious and brilliant plays.

Two famous but desperate playwrights are stuck on an ocean liner headed for New York, feverishly trying to rehearse their latest show before reaching land, and opening night. But they are constantly distracted by their delicate composer’s attempts to end it all, having overheard his lover confess her feelings to the leading man. Add an absurdly unorthodox waiter, a mistimed lifeboat drill and a vanishing glass of brandy and the sharp Atlantic winds turn to world-class gales of laughter as these colourful characters become tangled up in a typically Stoppardian string of absurd events.

The star cast is led by John Partridge, winner of this year’s Celebrity Masterchef. John is best known to TV audiences as the suave and charismatic Christian Clarke in EastEnders. He is one of musical theatre’s most prolific leading men, having played in major West End musical hits such as A Chorus Line, Chicago, and in Bill Kenwright’s recent La Cage Aux Folles.

Joining John fresh from Snow White at the London Palladium is one of musical theatre’s brightest upcoming stars, Olivier-award nominee Charlie Stemp, who has triumphed on Broadway starring opposite Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! and in London in Half a Sixpence. He will play Bert in the 2019 revival of Mary Poppins. They will be joined by West End star Issy van Randwyck (Fascinating Aïda), comedy TV favourite Matthew Cottle (Game On, The Windsors), Holby City’s Rob Ostlere and Simon Dutton who portrayed Simon Templar in The Saint.


Presented by Bill Kenwright

Freely adapted from Ferenc Molnar’s Jatek a Kastelyban (Play at the Castle)

Songs: Music by Andre Previn, Lyrics by Tom Stoppard

Cast includes John Partridge, Matthew Cottle, Simon Dutton, Rob Ostlere, Issy van Randwyck and Charlie Stemp

Sponsored at the Yvonne Arnaud by STEVENS & BOLTON

“Few modern playwrights serve a fizzier champagne of verbal wit than Tom Stoppard” THE NEW YORK TIMES



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