Tailing a sell-out run at Hampstead Theatre the Good People is transferring to the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre
Imelda Staunton will make the transfer to the West End
Following on from the widely-regarded premature departure of The Full Monty, Good People will be the next production at the Noel Coward Theatre. Opening on 15 April, 2014, the Hampstead Theatre’s production of Good People will transfer to the West End.
The British premier of American playwright David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People is currently enjoying a sell-out run at the Hampstead Theatre in North London until April 5. The popular play will run at the Noel Coward for ten weeks until June 14, 2014.
News has surfaced the original cast members, Imelda Staunton and Lloyd Owen will reprise their roles when the play transforms to the West End. There has been no announcements made of further casting. It was also recently announced that Imedla Staunton is to star as Mama Rose in Gypsy at the Chichester Festival Theatre in October.
What has been cited as being an “intelligent” and “stylish” play, Good People is centred around the life of a single mother, Margie, who is known for her sharp tongue. Struggling to pay the bills after losing her job, Margie will do anything to earn money, desperation that leads her to corner her old boyfriend. Margie’s old flame isn’t doing too bad financially, working as a consultant who specialises in difficult pregnancies. Good People premièred in 2011 at Broadways’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. It was here the play was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play.
The London production is directed by Jonathan Kent. It will be produced in the West End by Hampstead Theatre and Old Vic Productions.
In a statement to the press, Edward Hall, artistic director at Hampstead Theatre said:
“I am utterly delighted that Good People is having this very well-deserved West End run: it’s a truly brilliant play beautifully directed, and the cast are astonishingly good in it. It was sold out at the Hampstead before those really great reviews appeared, so it’s especially pleasing that so many people who would otherwise have been disappointed will now have a chance to catch it.”
Good People will take the place of The Fully Monty, which due to poor ticket sales, is to close at the Noel Coward Theatre, two-and-a-half months earlier than originally scheduled.