Menier Chocolate Factory has announced that booking is now open for the first major London revival of Harvey Fierstein’s Tony award-winning comedy-drama, Torch Song Trilogy, directed by Douglas Hodge.
Torch Song Trilogy tells the poignant story of an outsider’s search for love and acceptance. Drag queen Arnold encounters passion, thrills, love and loss. This intimate and powerful play is bursting with courage and sharp wit, as Arnold fights for his place in the world and his right to happiness.
Douglas Hodge returns to the Chocolate Factory in a directorial role after last appearing in his Olivier and Tony award-winning role of Albin in the Chocolate Factory’s production of La Cage aux Folles, which was also written by Harvey Fierstein.
The role of Arnold will be played by David Bedella. David was last seen at the Chocolate Factory in the European premiere of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Road Show. His performance as Satan in Jerry Springer the Opera won him an Olivier award. Other theatre credits include Billy Flynn in Chicago (Garrick) and Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show (West End and UK tour).
The role of Arnold’s mother, Mrs Beckoff, will be played by Sara Kestelman. Sara has worked extensively in theatre, TV and film. She is currently appearing in the Donmar Warehouse production of Making Noise Quietly. Sara’s other theatre credits include Copenhagen (National Theatre and Duchess), Nine (Donmar) and Cabaret (Donmar) for which she won an Olivier award for her performance as Fraulein Schneider.
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