Oliver Cotton’s Daytona is coming to the West End


For eight weeks only this summer, the critically-acclaimed Daytona is transferring to the West End  

Maureen Lipman and Harry Shearer will star together at the Theatre Royal Haymarket 

Maureen Lipman will return to London’s theatreland starring alongside Harry Shearer and Oliver Cotton in Cotton’s gripping and powerful Daytona. Performances will begin at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on June 28 where it will remain for a limited eight week run until August 23, 2014.

When it premièred at London’s Park in 2013, Daytona immediately boasted great reviews for its acute, gripping plot and its much-loved actors being in fine form.

A poignant plot brimming with mystery

Daytona is referred to as a play, not just with one but two love stories at its heart. Set in 1986 in New York, the story is centred round Joe and Elli’s mutual love of ballroom dancing. As they practise for their next competition, Joe and Ellie constantly bicker but their love for one another blatantly shines through. The genteel routine is however dramatically disrupted when Joe’s long-lost brother Billy unexpectedly explodes back into their lives with a remarkable story of his own.

A Theatre Royal Haymarket Lipman début

When she reprises the role of Elli this summer, it will be Maureen Lipman’s début appearance at Theatre Royal Haymarket. The highly admired and respected Maureen Lipman has an impressively varied portfolio of theatre credits to her name. Asides making many appearances at the National Theatre, including playing in Macbeth, School for Scandal, Oklahoma!, amongst others, Lipman starred in Aladdin at the Old Vic, Re-Joyce on a national tour in the West End, Old Money and Peggy For You at the Hampstead Theatre and that’s just for starters. The iconic British actress needs little introduction on television, her most recent works include He Kills Coppers, Ladies of Letters, About Face and Skins. Lipman also has a series of film credits under her belt, including The Pianist, Educating Rita, Bride of Lies and Flight of Fancy.

Harry Shearer’s first appearance at the West End

Harry Shearer will reprise the role of Joe in what will be his West End stage début. The American actor and comedian is most known as being the voice of the Simpson’s primary antagonist, Mr Burns. Since The Simpsons began in 1987 Shearer has provided character voices for the highly successful animated sitcom. Shearer is also well known for starring as Derek Smalls in the cult mockumentary This is Spinal Tap, which he also co-wrote.

Daytona’s writer Oliver Cotton will play Joe’s estranged brother, Billy, who has been spending the winter at Daytona Beach in Florida. The actor-turned-playwright’s writing credits include The Enoch Show, Scrabble, The Incredible Journey of Sir Francis Younghusband and Man Falling Down.

Stay poised for when tickets go on sale for a play brimming with talent and quality and which keeps the audience intriguingly guessing where it’s going next. 

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