Lucie's Green Man Transfers with Daniels to BushDate: 24 January 2003
Doug Lucie's new play The Green Man transfers next month to the Bush Theatre, where it receives its London premiere on 24 February (previews from 19 February) and continues to 22 March 2003.
Starring Phil Daniels and the rest of the original cast, The Green Man is set in the pub of the title where it's 3.00am. Mitch, Lou, Greg and Bernie are going fishing at dawn, but Barry's got the gear and Barry's late. While the lads wait and the night wears on, the whisky flows and the talk veers from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Although best known for his screen appearances in the likes of Quadrophenia, Goodbye Charlie Bright, Sunnyside Farm and Sex, Chips and Rock 'n' Roll, Daniels is also accomplished on stage. His theatre credits include myriad productions for the Royal Court and the RSC, including The Merchant of Venice, The Jew of Malta, Measure for Measure, The Revenger's Tragedy and A Clockwork Orange. In 2001, he appeared with Alex Jennings in Nicholas Hytner's production of The Winter's Tale.
Daniels is joined in the cast by National Theatre of Brent's John Ramm (The Wonder of Sex, Love Upon the Throne), Julie Legrand (The Cherry Orchard, Duchess of Malfi) and Burn Gorman (Hidden Markings).
The Green Man is directed by Simon Stokes, artistic director of Plymouth's Theatre Royal, which commissioned the play and premiered it at the theatre's Drum studio in November 2002. The production is designed by Matthew Wright with lighting by Jason Taylor.
Lucie has had several plays premiered at the Bush, including Progress (for which he won the 1984 Plays and Players Award for Most Promising Playwright), Hard Feelings and, most recently, 1998's Love You Too.
- by Terri Paddock