Brassed Off Hits National Stage MondayDate: 5 June 1998
Following its world premiere earlier this year at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, the stage version of Mark Herman s hit film Brassed Off opens at the National's Olivier Theatre on Monday, 8 June for 17 performances only. Currently, there are no plans for the production to tour further.
Brassed Off is a rousing comedy-drama set in 1992, a time of uncertainty for the miners of Grimley Colliery in South Yorkshire. Their pit is under threat of closure and the colliery band is on the verge of breaking up, their chance of competing nationally a distant dream. Then along comes Gloria, rekindling enthusiasm, passion and romance.
Based on a true story, the film - starring Pete Postlethwaite, Ewan McGregor, Stephen Tomkinson and Tara Fitzgerald - received international acclaim when it was released.
In the theatrical production, Freya Copeland plays Gloria. Copeland was last seen at the National in Guys and Dolls. The company also includes Coronation Street regulars Peter Armitage and Shaun Dooley as well as Stephen Bent, Sharon Jackson, Rita May, Kate McGeever, Bill Rodgers and James Thornton. A live brass band joins the cast on stage every night.
Brassed Off is adapted for the stage by Paul Allen and directed by Deborah Paige, artistic director of the Crucible Theatre. Design is by Roger Glossop, lighting by Richard Owen and music supervision by Duncan Beckley.