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Casting announced for Octopus Soup!

Posted on 6 December 2018

The Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Simon Fielder are thrilled to announce full casting for the world premiere of Jack Milner’s and Mark Stevenson’s original comedy Octopus Soup!

Nick Hancock, star of West End hit An Evening with Gary Lineker and host of iconic TV shows Room 101 and They Think It’s All Over, plays Seymour, the safest man in Britain, an insurance consultant who wears a belt and braces (and another belt, just to be sure). He’s in last chance saloon, and everything rests on one important conference call. What could possibly go wrong? Enter Marvin, a bungling burglar with bad knees…

With Seymour’s highly neurotic actress wife Gloria awaiting news on a star TV role, the burglar’s psychopathic crime boss around the corner, and a share of the £30 billion insurance market at stake, will our heroes and their octopus get out alive? Find out in this razor-sharp farce that’s bound to leave you crying with laughter!

The cast also features Warwickshire local Paul Bradley who played the much-loved character Nigel Bates in EastEnders and Elliot Hope in Holby City; Gillian Bevan;
Carolyn Backhouse; and Eric Richard, who played Desk Sergeant Bob Cryer in The Bill for 17 years.

Octopus Soup! is directed by Joe Harmston, whose previous credits at the Belgrade include the award-nominated The Father. It is the second play by comedy writer and director Jack Milner, following his playwriting debut with The Mummy in 2014. This razor-sharp farce is Milner’s first collaboration with co-writer Mark Stevenson, author of An Optimist’s Tour of The Future. Design for the show is by Anthony Lamble, with lighting by Rob Casey and casting by Kate Plantin.

Produced by the Belgrade Theatre and Simon Fielder, the show makes its debut here at the Belgrade 2-16 February, before setting off on a nine-week UK tour. Tickets are available to book now.