Casting announced for Oldham Coliseum Theatre revival of Jim Cartwright’s Road

Oldham Coliseum Theatre has announced full casting for their forthcoming revival of Jim Cartwright’s Road.

A new production of the debut play from Jim Cartwright (Rise and Voice of Little Voice) will run at Oldham Coliseum Theatre from 16 September to 1 October 2022.

Road’s exciting cast will feature Richard J Fletcher (Much Ado About Nothing, Northern Broadsides and various pantomimes at Oldham Coliseum Theatre) as Scullery; Paula Lane (Kylie Platt in Coronation Street) as Lane; Will Travis (Mr Squires in This is England 86, 88 & 90, Channel 4 as well appearing as Dick Lampard in Where the Heart is and Neil Beckett in Coronation Street, both ITV) and John Askew (Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Out of Joint and Turkey, Oldham Coliseum Theatre) as Joey/Eddie; as Professor/Jerry.

They’ll be joined by Zoe Iqbal (The Importance of Being Earnest, Dukes Theatre and Lawrence Batley Theatre) as Louise; Shaban Dar (As You Like It, Northern Broadsides & tour) as Skin Lad/Barry/Louise’s brother; Alyce Liburd (Now is Good, Storyhouse, Chester and Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, Oldham Coliseum Theatre) as Clare, Kofi Dennis (The Wiz, Hope Mill Theatre) as Bisto/Blowpipe; and Claire Storey (Adrian Mole The Musical, Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch and The Railway Children, Hull Truck Theatre) as Molly/Helen.

They say it’s grim up north, and sometimes they’re right. But worry not dear friends, because our well-oiled narrator Scullery will look after you.

This is Road, 1987. There’s no jobs and little hope but there’s a party to go to that’ll take you from the gutter to the stars and back again. Step into the homes of the residents of this Lancashire street and witness real life lived to the extremes, where there’s nowhere left to fall but into a little light relief.

Directed by Gitika Buttoo (Love N Stuff, Oldham Coliseum, The Jungle Book at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre and staff director on The Father and the Assassin, National Theatre), the revival has design by Foxton, lighting by Jason Taylor and sound by James Frewer.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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