The National Joke (2016)

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Torben Betts

Stephen Joseph Theatre
The Round

8 June 2016
10 June 2016
20 August 2016
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Round

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Henry Bell
Lucy Weller
Jason Taylor
Matthew Twaites
Sarah Hughes

Nikki Colclough
Hazel McDougall
Vicky Spencer

Character
Rupert
Mary
Dan
Olivia
Charlie

Actor
Philip Bretherton
Annabel Leventon
Guy Burgess
Cate Hamer
Catherine Lamb

Notes

> This is the fifth world premiere at the Stephen Joseph Theatre by Torben Betts and was commissioned with the intent of it being a production with an extended run at the venue, running in repertory for more than two months.
> The play was originally titled
Repentance before being altered to The National Joke.
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The National Joke marked the final production directed by Henry Bell as Associate Director of the theatre.
> Torben Betts actually played the role of Dan for several performances after Guy Burgess was unable to perform due to illness. Torben stepped in and read from the book until Guy returned to the production.