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Preview: Benidorm Live at Newcastle Theatre Royal
TV CAST TO STAR IN BENIDORM
LIVE STAGE SHOW
7th - Saturday 15th September 2018
Producers have revealed that Benidorm Live, the new stage
show based on the hit ITV comedy premiering at Newcastle
Theatre Royal next year, will star six of the original TV cast .
Jake Canuso (Mateo)
to bring a heady dose of Spanish sunshine and smiles to Newcastle audiences,
the first ever stage version of Derren Litten's hit ITV comedy Benidorm Live
opens on Friday 7 September prior to a major national tour.
is now confirmed that six members of the TV cast, all much loved stars from the
infamous Solana Hotel, will perform in the hotly anticipated new show. Swapping sangria for the stage after a quick
spruce at the Blow ‘n’ Go! will beeveryone’s favourites Jake
Canuso (Lothario barman Mateo), Janine
Duvitski (middle aged swinger Jacqueline),
Adam Gillen (holidaying teenager Liam),
Sherrie Hewson (Solana manageress Joyce
Temple-Savage), Shelley Longworth (loud
mouthed lassie Sam), and Tony Maudsley
(flamboyantly camp hairdresser Kenneth).
has written a new set of Alicante escapades for the debut stage production of
the hugely popular show. On making its
transfer, writer Derren Litten said: “I’ve
loved ten years of writing my TV show Benidorm but despite a successful writing
career I’m first and foremost a performer so have always been secretly
frustrated I couldn't hear the audience’s laughter. This national tour of
Benidorm Live will not only make a long lasting dream come true but will also
mean I no longer have to stand in strangers gardens listening at their windows
at 9 o’clock on cold winter evenings.”
smash-hit comedy celebrates a decade of all-inclusive hilarity, having followed
the ensemble cast of holiday makers and staff for nine series since it first broadcast
in 2007. Season 10 is due to broadcast early 2018.
After leaving school in Hull
in the late 1980’s Derren Litten spent a year working as a professional
magician whilst auditioning for drama schools. He won a place on the 3
year acting course at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama where
he met fellow student Catherine Tate. After 10 years of working as an
actor, Derren was asked by Catherine to write for her newly commissioned TV
sketch show, The Catherine Tate Show;
in which he also appeared in many of the sketches. After co-writing and
appearing in two series and a Christmas Special, Derren was given a script
commission by legendary comedy producer Geoffrey Perkins, “just write anything you want as long as it’s funny” he said; that
show turned out to be ITV’s BAFTA nominated hit comedy Benidorm. Derren’s hobbies include drinking and karaoke, usually in
that order. He splits his time equally between homes in London and Spain.
show will be produced for the stage by Newcastle’s own Michael
Harrison and David Ian.
Benidorm Live premieresat Newcastle Theatre
Royal on Friday 7th September 2018 and runs until Saturday 15th
September, playing evenings at 7.30pm, matinees on Thu 2pm and Sat 2.30pm.
Tickets are from £16.50 and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office
on 08448 11 21 21 (Calls cost
7ppm plus your phone company’s access charge)or book online