by Richard Bean
directed by Eleanore Rhode
Brits Off Broadway, April 20, 2016-May 22, 2016, official opening May 1 at 3 PM.
at 59 East 59th Theatres
Following a smash hit, sold-out production in London and a UK Tour, Richard Bean's (One Man, Two Guvnors) funny and brilliantly observed Toast finally comes to New York for a strictly limited engagement, starring Olivier Award-winner Matthew Kelly and an outstanding cast.
Another Sunday night shift. The smell of bread baking. The industrial thump, thump, thump of the machines that never stop. The ovens are cranked up to full blast, the factory is humming, and everyone wants to be somewhere else. But this shift is going to be different, because when a crisis hits the factory, the men have more to lose than just their wages.
"Packed with Bean's gallows humour."
-Evening Standard, London
"The mixture of robust humour and sudden moments of tense drama proves constantly compelling."
-The Guardian, London
"Matthew Kelly is mesmerising."
4/25/2016 Playwright Richard Bean and the TOAST cast are joined by producer/director Gregory Mosher for a post show talk back on April 28
Producer and director Gregory Mosher will moderate a conversation between playwright Richard Bean and the cast of TOAST immediately following the Thursday, April 28 performance.
Following sold out houses in London and on its UK tour, Richard Bean’s (One Man, Two Guvnors) hilarious and brilliantly observed play TOAST arrives in New York for a strictly limited Brits Off Broadway engagement.
TOAST, Richard Bean’s first major play, was originally produced at the Royal Court Theatre in 1999. The play, which was called “a fine piece of work: a tender, ambivalent portrait of working class men raging against the dying of the light” by Time Out London, is loosely based on Bean’s experiences working at a bread factory in Hull when he was 18 years old. The Brits Off Broadway run marks its NYC premiere.
Another Sunday night shift. The smell of bread baking. The industrial thump, thump, thump of the machines that never stop. The ovens are cranked up to full blast, the factory is humming, and everyone wants to be somewhere else. But this shift is going to be different. Because when a crisis hits the factory, the men have more to lose than just their wages.
The stellar cast of TOAST features a veritable Who’s Who of British theater. Olivier Award-winner Matthew Kelly (Of Mice and Men in the West End) leads the cast as Nellie. He is joined by Simon Greenall (I’m Alan Partridge for the BBC), Steve Nicolson (War Horse at the National Theatre), Will Barton (Bedtime Stories at the Stephen Joseph Theatre), Kieran Knowles (Operation Crucible at Finborough Theatre), Matt Sutton (The Ladykillers at the New Vic), and John Wark (Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us for the National Theatre of Scotland).