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UK tour announced for Richard Bean's Toast

Bean's breakthrough play was based on his experiences working in a bread factory

Simon Greenall and Matthew Kelly will reprise their roles and Nellie and Cecil
© Ben Broomfield

Snapdragon Productions have announced they will stage a UK tour of their acclaimed revival of Richard Bean's Toast in 2016.

Following a successful run at the Park Theatre in 2014, Olivier Award winner Matthew Kelly and Alan Partridge star Simon Greenall are set to reprise their roles as Nellie and Cecil.

The 1999 play, Bean's first to be professionally produced on stage, is based on the year he spent working in a mass production bread plant as a teenager, with each character inspired by someone he worked alongside.

Snapdragon artistic director Eleanor Rhode will once again direct Toast which is also set to run for five weeks at 59E59 Theatres in New York on 20 April 2016. The production will open the prestigious Brits Off Broadway season which celebrates some of the best work form the UK.

Matthew Kelly said today,"Toast returns in 2016 touring to some of my favourite theatres in the UK before hitting New York in the spring. It's a big hearted, very funny, incredibly moving play about real people and I feel very honoured to be playing one of them again."

Full casting is yet be announced.

The UK tour will open at the Rose Theatre Kingston from 4 to 13 February before touring to Oxford, Malvern, Norwich, Bath, Guildford, Cambridge and Nottingham.