Toyer Finished Early on 21st March

Toyer was playing in Arts Theatre has announced early finished on 21st of March. This play is about a serial killer on the loose. When a charming stranger appears at psychiatrist Maude’s apartment late one night, an innocent encounter soon becomes a sexually charged battle of wits. Is he ‘the Toyer’, the sadist who lobotomizes his female victims, or merely a playful admirer? In this dangerous game of cat and mouse, Maude must either outwit her adversary or suffer a diabolical fate.

With a chilling lead character to rival Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, this exhilarating psychological thriller receives its London premiere at the newly reopened Arts Theatre. Acclaimed young actor Al Weaver (Trevor Nunn’s Hamlet, Coram Boy at the NT) stars alongside the Olivier Award-winning Alice Krige (RSC, Chariots of Fire, Star Trek)

Confessions of Honour

‘Confessions of Honour’ is a superbly crafted, witty and very moving new play, written and directed by Gerry Hinks, which is set in Whittington Barracks, Near Lichfield and tells the story of Frederick Salisbury V.C. who, on a special celebratory day, is to give his medal to the regiment in which he served in WW2. On this very special day, a German, Herr Wolfgang Meissler also attends and it is very soon clear that there is an ulterior motive to his presence! Did Frederick actually do what he thought he did to win his medal? Why is Herr Meissler so interested in his story? And what revelations will come out when the two men finally open up old wounds and reveal the truth?  This touchingly emotive and very funny play works on many levels and all that have seen it have left feeling uplifted and extremely moved as its story twists and turns and leaves the audience wanting to know more!

The professional premier of this wonderful piece took place in Autumn 2007 at the Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford to great acclaim and toured the Staffordshire region. This Autumn OPUS are now taking the play on a much larger tour starting which started at Great Bridgeford, nr Stafford on the the 12th of September and venues booked so far for the Autumn are:-

The Garrick Studio Theatre, Lichfield 17th, 19th and 20th September
The Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton-upon-Trent, 27th September
The Dovehouse Theatre, Solihull, 2nd October
The Ridware Theatre, Pipe Ridware, Staffs, 4th October.
The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster, 9th October
Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, 10th October.
Prince of Wales Centre, Cannock, 19th October.
Birmingham Library Theatre, 25th October.
Jermyn Street Theatre, London’s West End 27th October -1st November
Mumford Theatre Cambridge, 12th November
Bollington Arts Centre, Bollington, Macclesfield, 14th November.
Kaliedocsope Theatre, nr Shifnall 15th November.

OPUS are one of only two professional theatre companies in Staffordshire and our growing reputation for quality is being matched by the reviews and audience reaction that we are receiving at every venue to date.

Tickets cost 17.00 with concessions at 13.00 pounds.

Box office for Jermyn Street is:  020 7287 2875

More info including ALL dates for the tour can be found at www.opustheatrecompany.com

Josh Hartnett makes his West End debut

Hollywood actor Josh Hartnett makes his West End debut as Charlie Babbitt in this complex, moving and funny stage adaptation of the iconic film Rain Man which opens on Tuesday 9th September at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. Josh is joined on stage by Olivier?nominated British actor Adam Godley as his autistic savant brother Raymond.

Writer Dan Gordon has radically re?imagined the multi Oscar Award winning 1988 film for the stage, resetting this timeless story in the present day. The result is touching, surprising and often laugh?out?loud funny. Definitely funny, as Raymond would say.

Charlie Babbitt (Josh Hartnett) is a self?centred Los Angeles?based automobile dealer and hustler, who is at war with his own life. Relationships are not Charlie’s strong suit and love is quite outside his experience. Raymond (Adam Godley) is the elder brother Charlie never knew he had ? an autistic savant who has been hidden away in an institution for most of his adult life. Raymond is dysfunctional in many senses, but – as Charlie is soon to discover – also touched with a kind of stellar genius which Charlie harnesses to save his business. The two brothers embark on a rollercoaster journey together which shows Raymond a world beyond the hospital gates and Charlie the meaning of unconditional love.

Josh Hartnett is well known for a range of films from the small independent to the big Hollywood blockbuster including Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, The Black Dahlia and Lucky Number Slevin.

Adam Godley
is well known to theatregoing audiences for his Olivier nominated roles in Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick (National Theatre) and Mouth to Mouth (Royal Court). Other productions include Private Lives (West End and Broadway), Paul, The Pillowman and Two Thousand Years (NT). His film credits include Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and the upcoming X-Files: I Want To Believe.

Josh Hartnett makes his West End debut
Josh Hartnett

Rain Man is currently booking until20th of December 2008 Book Tickets for Rain Main

Rain Man changes directer

David Grindley, director of the Apollo’s forthcoming production Rain Man, has been forced to pull out of the project due to family reasons and has been replaced by Terry Johnson.

Hollywood screen star Josh Hartnett will make his West End debut in the premiere stage adaptation of the 1988 Oscar-winning film Rain Man, which opens on 9 September 2008 (previews from 28 August) at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, where it’s booking for a limited season to 20 December.

Hartnett will play Charlie Babbitt, the part taken on screen by Tom Cruise, with British stage actor Adam Godley as Raymond, his autistic savant brother, the part for which Dustin Hoffman won a Best Actor at the Oscars. The film also numbered amongst its four Academy Awards the all-important prize of Best Picture.

Rain Main is currently booking until 20-Dec-2008 – Book Tickets for Rain Main