Stephen Unwin is set to direct a major revival of Peter Nichols’ A Day in the Death of Joe Egg at Liverpool Playhouse and Rose Theatre Kingston, with a cast led by comedy actor Ralf Little. This co-production premieres at the Liverpool Playhouse from 5-27 April before running at the Rose Theatre, Kingston from 30 April to 18 May.
Ralf Little is well known for his roles in The Royle Family, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (BBC) and most recently The Café (Sky 1), which he co-wrote. Little will play Bri, a school teacher who is struggling to cope with the demands of his life. His wife, Sheila, will be played by Rebecca Johnson (The Vortex, This Happy Breed) and their daughter Joe is played by Jessica Bastick-Vines (Billy Elliot, Parade). Other cast members include Marjorie Yates (Shameless), Sally Tatum and Owen Oakeshott.
Nichols’s black comedy portrays the love and pain, the anger and strain of a young couple raising a disabled child. Award-winning director Stephen Unwin founded English Touring Theatre and has been Artistic Director at the Rose since 2008.