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Beautiful Thing

18 – 28 Oct 2023

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    150 mins
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A touching, urban love story, full of warmth and humour. 

Teenage boys Ste and Jamie are neighbours. Both are being bullied, Jamie at school and Ste at home by his violent father and brother. One night, when things get too much, Ste seeks refuge in Jamie’s flat and, sharing a bed, the boys strike up a new relationship. Together they come to terms with their sexuality and explore their feelings alongside their Mama Cass loving, rebellious friend Leah and with the much-needed emotional support of Jamie’s lioness mother, Sandra. 

This 30th-anniversary revival of Jonathan Harvey’s iconic, coming-out and coming-of-age story, Beautiful Thing is about community, friendship, rites of passage and what it is to be sixteen and in love.

A Leeds Playhouse, Theatre Royal Stratford East and HOME Manchester production. Written by Jonathan Harvey.

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Cast

Rapahel Akuwudike

Ste

Rilwan Abiola Owokoniran

Jamie

Trieve Blackwood-Cambridge

Tony

Shvorne Marks

Sandra

Scarlett Rayner

Leah

Kojo Quainoo

Understudy Jamie

Creatives

Jonathan Harvey

Writer

Anthony Simpson-Pike

Director

Rosie Elnile

Set and Costume Designer

Elliot Griggs

Lighting Designer

Xana

Sound Designer

Isabella Odoffin CDG

Casting Director

Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster

Movement and Intimacy Coordinator

Robert Awosusi

Associate Director

Bret Yount

Fight Director

Jackie Orton

Costume Supervisor

Joel Trill

Voice and Dialect Coach

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  • MAJOR FUNDERS

    Arts Council
  • Leeds City Council
  • LTB Foundation
  • PRINCIPAL CAPITAL AND FAMILIES PARTNER

    Caddick Group
  • PRINCIPAL CAPITAL AND ACCESS PARTNER

    Irwin Mitchell