‘Unwell’, but in safe hands

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A UNIVERSALLY acclaimed West End modern comedy classic by Keith Waterhouse will be brought to audiences in the North West this November by Dean Taylor Professional Theatre Productions.

“Jeffery Bernard is Unwell” first starred Peter O’Toole in the eponymous role, later taken on by Tom Conti, James Bolam, Dennis Waterman and, most recently, Robert Powell. It won a stream of awards during the 1990s and has toured at intervals ever since, but never in the North of England.

“The Waterhouse office along with Samuel French Ltd, are understandably careful when releasing Performance Rights to companies,” explained Producer/Director Dean Taylor. “Therefore, we are very proud to be able to bring Mr Waterhouse’s comedy masterpiece to northern audiences for the very first time.”

The play draws upon the true-life experiences of “Spectator” and “Sporting Life” columnist Jeffery Bernard, a serial gambler, imbiber, four-times-married member of the “Low Life” fraternity who gathered regularly at The Coach and Horses public house in Soho, along with such luminaries as Lucien Freud, Tom Baker and John-le-Mesurier.

When Bernard’s “Low Life” column was not submitted in time to the Spectator – usually due to its author’s overexuberance – the magazine would often print the single line “Jeffrey Bernard is unwell” on an otherwise blank page.

Dean’s company also brought “Twelfth Night” outdoor Shakespeare to Whalley Abbey this Summer and returns to the abbey (although indoors this time) with “Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell” on Sunday November 6th. The performance begins at 7-30 p.m. in The House, within The Abbey grounds.

In addition an extra date has been added at The Spread Eagle, Sawley, on Wednesday 9th November 9th, also at 7-30 p.m. and with an optional pre-show two-course dinner at £9.99 served from 5-30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased from The Information and Booking Office on 01772 466256 (debit and credit card payments accepted) or online at: www.shakedpearetheatreoutdoors.co.uk