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Preview: Bobby Robson Saved My Life
Robson Saved My Life: Cast Announcement
Bobby Robson Saved My Life
Tuesday 16 - Saturday 20 July @
South Shields Customs House
Friday 2 –
Sunday 4 August 2019@ Newcastle Tyne Theatre & Opera House
cast of Bobby Robson Saved My Life have spoken of their pride in paying tribute
to the former Newcastle United and England manager. Charlie Richmond, Donald McBride
and Sam Neale have been cast in Tom Kelly’s new play, which premieres at The
Customs House in South Shields in July before shows in Newcastle and Ipswich.
Tom Kelly and Jamie Brown
Directed by Jamie Brown (Geordie
The Musical, The Butcher’s Bill), it focuses on the late Sir Bobby’s
legacy and explores the ability of one person to have a dramatic effect on the
life of another, without ever knowing it.
Focusing on three very
different individuals and the ups and downs life throws at them, it promises to
be a heart-warming, inspirational and uplifting piece that celebrates not only
Sir Bobby’s life, but the impact he had on so many.
Sir Bobby, who was born in
Sacriston, County Durham, and played for Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and
England before going into management, died in July 2009, aged 76, after a long
battle with cancer. A portion of each ticket sale will be donated to The Sir
Bobby Robson Foundation, which was launched in 2008 to help find more effective
ways to detect and treat cancer and has since gone on to raise more than £13m.
Charlie Richmond, whose company,
Quayside Productions, is co-producing the play with The Customs House and Ion
Productions, said: “As an actor often known for my comedy roles, I’m excited to
explore my more serious side as the character Mark in Bobby Robson Saved My
Life.” Charlie Richmond, who hails from Newcastle, started his professional
acting career in 1999, making his film debut in Purely Belter. Over the years, he has performed a variety of roles
on both stage and screen. He is a panto
regular at the Tyne
Theatre and Opera House in Newcastle and has previously appeared at The
Customs House in The Machine Gunners,
My Uncle Freddie and When
the Boat Comes In. Other credits include The
Last Ship tour of the UK and Ireland.
Donald McBride, from County
Durham, will play Tommy, having spent 40 years treading the boards in the north
east and appearing in iconic north east TV dramas like Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Our
Friends in the North and Spender. He
said: “I’m so pleased to be working with Tom again. We go back 20 years, from Tom
& Catherine through to Talking Tom, Nothing Like The Wooden Horse and
Geordie The Musical.Also, having lost
many family members and friends to cancer, I’m glad to help raise awareness of
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. I’m also looking forward to playing an elderly
gentleman from County Durham – typecast again!”
Sam Neale, who will play Clair,
is from Gateshead and has performed at Newcastle’s Live Theatre and Alphabetti,
as well as on TV in Vera and the films
Frank and No Place.She said: “I’m
really pleased to be involved in this project. Bobby Robson is a beloved icon
in this region and Tom’s play is a moving and touching tribute with real human
stories. People should come and see the show to remember Bobby, to laugh and
maybe cry and revel in the joy and pain of being a Newcastle supporter!”
Bobby Robson Saved My Life runs from Tuesday, July 16, to
Saturday, July 20, at The Customs House, before moving on to the Regent Theatre
in Ipswich, where Sir Bobby enjoyed great success with Ipswich Town, and Newcastle’s
Theatre and Opera House.
The Customs House
performances start at 7.30pm, with a 2.30pm Wednesday and Saturday matinee.
Tickets, priced from £20, are available from the box office on (0191) 454 1234
or online at www.customshouse.co.uk.