PARK THEATRE
Until 07 JANUARY 2017

Written by Murray Schisgal

Directed by Gary Condes


ABOUT

LUV is a humourous celebration of the absurd lengths humans go to when struck down with the terrible affliction known as ‘love’. Milt and Harry are college friends and meet one night on a bridge and uncover each other’s miserable life stories before hatching a plan to find their happily-ever-afters.

Come and indulge in this delightful comedy this Christmas, with its laugh out loud dialogue, and its infectious energy.

Written by Murray Schisgal, best known for writing the screenplay for ‘Tootsie’, LUV first premiered on Broadway, where it won a number of Tony awards and nominations, among them Best Play and Best Author of a Play.

“A wildly funny... drama which makes high comedy of the nagging indignities which flesh is heir to.” 
NY WORLD - TELEGRAM & SUN

 

REVIEWS

 

★★★★

"If you're looking for something that will make you giggle this festive season, all you need is LUV!"

Broadway World

 

★★★★

"A fun, well-observed and tightly directed production... You will certainly leave with a smile on your face" 

LondonTheatre1

 

★★★★

"Unique, energetic and definitely worth checking out" 

The Upcoming

 

★★★★

"A little gem"

The Jewish Chronicle 

 

'This revival is indeed very funny.'

British Theatre Guide

 


CAST

ELLEN | ELSIE BENNETT

Elsie studied at Arts Ed. She most recently starred on stage as Queen Elizabeth I in Progress (Red Rose Chain) and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance (Tabard Theatre).  In addition to her work on stage, Elsie has appeared on screen in Birds Of A Feather and Joanna Lumley's Little Cracker. Elsie also works extensively as a voice artist and recently completed work on the Hitman series and Squadron 42.

MILT | NICK BARBER

Credits include: The Life and Times of Fanny Hill (Bristol Old Vic), A Lady of Little Sense (Theatre Royal Bath), Don Gil of The Green Breeches (Theatre Royal Bath), Punishment Without Revenge (Theatre Royal Bath), Blood and Gifts (National Theatre). On screen, Nick has appeared in New Blood, Cuffs, Red Dwarf, Colour Me Kubrick, Complete Female Stage Beauty and on the radio regularly appearing in The Archers.

HARRY | CHARLES DORFMAN

Charles studied Theatre at Trinity College Dublin and the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles.Theatre Credits include: SOME GIRL(S) (Park Theatre); Miss Julie (Etcetera Theatre); Taking Steps, Dangerous Corner, and Wuthering Heights (Manor Pavilion Sidmouth).  On Screen Charles has appeared in Myrtle (dir. James Alexandrou), The Show (dir. James Alexandrou) and Present (dir. Joe Ballerini).


 CREATIVE TEAM

MURRAY SCHISGAL | AUTHOR

Murray has an extensive career spanning plays, screenplays, fiction and as a producer/executive producer of five feature films.

BROADWAY: Luv, (Tony nomination for Best Play and Best Author), Jimmy Shine, All Over Town, (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding New Play), The Chinese & Doctor Fish, Twice Around The Park, (“A Need for Brussels Sprouts” & “A Need for Less Expertise”) and An American Millionaire.

OFF-BROADWAY AND OFF-OFF-BROADWAY: The Typists And The Tiger (Vernon Rice Award,  Outer Circle Award, Saturday Review Critics Poll Award), Fragments & The Basement, The Flatulist, Walter, The Pushcart Peddlers, 74 Georgia Avenue, Sexaholics, Extensions, The Consequences Of Goosing, What About Luv? (A musical based on LUV), Road Show (revised, 2007 as Murder In The Drugstore) and Playtime (revised 2009 as Wall Street Fandango), Angel Wings (Off-Off-Broadway Award for Excellence).

18 PRODUCED SHORT PLAYS published by Applause Books in THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS, most of them published by DPS or SAMUEL FRENCH, ending with Naked Old Man, 2008-2009. In addition, 6 UNPRODUCED SHORT PLAYS published to-date only by Applause Books in THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS: The Man Who Couldn’t Stop Crying, First Love, Fifty Years Ago, Queenie, The Hunchback Of Central Park West, And The Hysterical Misogynist. Other recently written plays unproduced and unpublished: 3xme, Death Moves Into Our Rent-Controlled Apartment. Ladies And Gentlemen, I Have Something Of The Upmost Importance To Tell You.

FILM: co-screenwriter credit: Tootsie (Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay; The New York Critics Circle Award, Best Screenplay, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, Best Screenplay, The National Society of Film Critics Award, Best Screenplay, Writers Guild of American Annual Award, Outstand Achievement of Comedy Directly Written for the Screen, The British Academy of Film nomination, Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe nomination. American Film Institute: #2 in The Funniest American Films, Writers Guild of America: #17 in 101 Greatest Screenplays). Sole screenwriter credit for The Tiger Makes Out, starring Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson, directed by Arthur Hiller.

TELEVISION: The Love Song Of Barney Kempinski, feature-length TV screenplay starring Allen Arkin (The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy nomination for Outstanding Dramatic Program) and Natasha Kovolina Pipashinsky, one-act of a trilogy of one-act TV screenplays.

PRODUCER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF FIVE FEATURE-LENGTH FILMS: A Walk On The Moon, Boys And Girls, The Devil’s Arithmetic (The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy nomination for Outstanding Children’s Special, The Golden Reel Award nomination”); Clubland, (Best Actor, Emmy nomination for Alan Alda); A Separate Peace (The National Academy Television Arts and Sciences Emmy nomination for Outstanding Family Special).

 

GARY CONDES | DIRECTOR

Gary has spent over 20 years as a professional actor with an extensive career in Film, TV and Theatre. Career highlights include working alongside: Sam Rockwell; Moon, Helena Bonham Carter; Wings Of The Dove, Ray Winstone; Five Seconds To Spare and Colin Firth; Fever Pitch.

For the last 10 years he has developed into a renowned acting teacher and coach, running courses in London and all over Europe and privately coaching clients for roles on various high profile productions, including: Lars Von Triers Nymphomaniac, Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, HBO’s Game Of Thrones, BBC1’s The Three Musketeers, Fox Television’s The Bastard Executioner,  Sky1‘s 24: Live Another Day, The Young Vic’s Hamlet, Hampstead Theatre’s The Arrest Of Ai Wei Wei and The Globe Theatre’s Troilus & Cressida.

After winning a number of Short Film awards at International film festivals for directing, writing and acting, Gary has now teamed up with Buckland Theatre Company to direct their 2016 season of play’s.

The first was Miss Julie by August Strindberg (Etc Theatre), which ran in March: “This is as impressive an example of the masterpiece as any. You probably need a very good reason to miss it.” Broadway World. This was followed in July by Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s) (Park Theatre): "“Director Gary Condes has an eye for nonverbal details that make clear every unspoken grievance and implicit insecurity,   making this a finely-performed character piece, engaging and satisfyingly spiky. Style and strong    characterisation lift his production of LaBute’s bitter black comedy.” The Stage.  Some Girl(s) has been nominated for an OffWestEnd.com OFFIE for Best Production. 

Website: www.facebook.com/GaryCondes

 

MAX DOREY | SET and COSTUME DESIGN

Max graduated from the Professional Theatre Design MA at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2012. He was a finalist for the Linbury Prize in 2013 and was a trainee/assistant designer at the RSC in 2013/14.

Set and Costume Design credits include: Cargo (Arcola); Last of the Boys (Southwark Playhouse); After Independence (Arcola Theatre/Papatango); P’Yongyang (Finborough Theatre); No Villain (Old Red Lion/Trafalgar Studios); All the Little Lights (Fifth Word); And Then Come The Nightjars (Theatre503/Bristol Old Vic/UK tour) -  nominated for a 2016 UK Theatre Award for “Best Design”; Orson’s Shadow (Southwark Playhouse); Teddy (Southwark Playhouse); Lardo (Old Red Lion); Marching on Together (Old Red Lion); Coolatully (Finborough Theatre); Sleight and Hand (Edinburgh Fringe); I Can Hear You (The Other Place at the Courtyard, RSC/Royal Court Upstairs); This is Not an Exit (The Other Place at the Courtyard, RSC/Royal Court Upstairs); Count Ory (Blackheath Halls); Black Jesus (Finborough Theatre); The Duke in Darkness (Tabard Theatre); Marguerite (Tabard Theatre) - nominated “Best Set Design” Off West End Awards 2012.

CHRISTOPHER NAIRNE | LIGHTING DESIGN

Christopher was awarded OffWestEnd.com’s “Best Lighting Designer” award in 2016 for Teddy at Southwark Playhouse. Previous shows at Park Theatre include The Buskers Opera, The School for Scandal, and Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief.

Recent theatre includes: Home Chat (Finborough Theatre); Cargo (Arcola Theatre); Last of the Boys (Southwark Playhouse); After Independence (Arcola Theatre); BU21 (Theatre503); Correspondence (Old Red Lion Theatre); Botallack O’Clock (Old Red Lion Theatre); Octagon (Arcola Theatre); The Late Henry Moss (Southwark Playhouse); This Will End Badly (Southwark Playhouse); Teddy (Southwark Playhouse); Little Light (Orange Tree Theatre); Lionboy (Complicite – Tricycle Theatre & international tour); Coolatully (Finborough Theatre); Johnny Got His Gun (Southwark Playhouse & UK tour); Our Ajax (Southwark Playhouse); Around the World in 80 Days (Cambridge Junction & UK tour); and Sense and Sensibility (Watermill Theatre, Newbury).

Opera includes: A Fairy Queen (Iford Arts); Macbeth (Iford Arts); Noye’s Fludde (Blackheath Halls Opera); Albert Herring (Hampstead Garden Opera); The Adventures of Count Ory (Blackheath Halls Opera); Belshazzar (Trinity Laban Conservatoire); La Calisto (Hampstead Garden Opera); Vivienne (Linbury Studio, ROH); and La Boheme (OperaUpClose).

A full list of credits and portfolio are available on his website: www.christophernairne.co.uk

   

RICHARD HAMMARTON | SOUND DESIGNER and COMPOSER

Theatre Credits Include: Girls (Hightide); Burning Doors (Belarus Free Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Theatr Clwyd); Jumpy (Theatr Clwyd) ; Linda (Royal Court); Tomcat (Papatango); Crushed Shells And Mud (Southwark Playhouse); The Crucible (Manchester Royal Exchange); Sunspots (Hampstead Theatre); Deposit (Hampstead Theatre); Comrade Fiasco (Gate Theatre); Grimm Tales 2 (Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf); Beached (Marlowe Theatre/Soho Theatre); Ghost From A Perfect Place (Arcola); The Crucible (Old Vic); Dealer’s Choice (Royal And Derngate); Kingston 14 (Theatre Royal Stratford East); A Number (Nuffield Theatre/Young Vic); Fault Lines (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs) ; Early Days (Of A Better Nation) (Battersea Arts Centre); Sizwe Bansi Is Dead (Young Vic/UK Tour); Cheese (Fanshen Theatre); An Inspector Calls (Theatre By The Lake); Brilliant Adventures (Manchester Royal Exchange); What Happens In The Winter (Upswing); Bandages (Teg Productions); I Know How I Feel About Eve (Hampstead Downstairs) ; The Last Summer (Gate Theatre, Dublin); Mudlarks (Hightide Festival/Theatre 503/The Bush); The Taming Of The Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Pitchfork Disney (Arcola); Judgement Day (The Print Room); Same Same, Little Baby Jesus, Fixer (Oval House); Edward Ii, Dr Faustus (Manchester Royal Exchange) - Winner of MEN “Best Design” Award; Persuasion, The Constant Wife, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Arsenic And Old Lace, The Real Thing, People At Sea (Salisbury Playhouse); Platform (Old Vic Tunnels); Ghosts (Duchess); Pride And Prejudice (Bath Theatre Royal/National Tour); Speaking In Tongues (Duke Of Yorks); The Mountaintop (Theatre 503, Trafalgar 1) - Winner of Olivier for “Best New Play”; The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice (Harrogate); A Raisin In The Sun (Lyric Hammersmith And Tour); The Shooky, Dealers Choice (Birmingham Rep); Hello And Goodbye, Some Kind Of Bliss (Trafalgar 2) ; Six Characters Looking For An Author (Young Vic); Breakfast With Mugabe (Ustinov, Bath Theatre Royal); Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Theatre Royal, Northampton); Inches Apart , Natural Selection, Salt Meets Wound, Ship Of Fools (Theatre 503); Steve Nallon’s Christmas Carol (The Door, Birmingham Rep); Blowing (National Tour, Fanshen Theatre).

Film and Television: Ripper Street Series 1 And 2 (BBC) - Additional Music; Agatha Christie’s Marple: The Secret Of Chimneys (ITV) - Additional Music; Agatha Christie’s Marple Series 4 (ITV) - Additional Music; Agatha Christie’s Marple Series 3 (ITV) - Additional Music; No Win No Fee (BBC); Sex ‘N’ Death (BBC); Wipeout (BBC); The Ship (BBC) - Five Tracks For The Accompanying Soundtrack Album; The Pier (Short Film); First The Worst (Short Film); Raptured (Red On Black Productions) - Web Series; A Neutral Corner (Magic Eye Productions) - 2006 Winner Kodak “Best Short” Award; Konigsspitz, K2, The Fisherman’s Wife (Discovery Channel) - Shorts; Snow, The Button (Magic Eye Productions) - Short Films.

Orchestration Work: Agatha Christie’s Marple Series 1 & 2 (ITV); Primeval (ITV); Dracula (BBC); Jericho (ITV); If I Had You (ITV); A History Of Britain (BBC); Silent Witness (BBC); Dalziel And Pascoe (BBC); The Nine Lives Of Tomas Katz (Feature Film, UK); Alice Through The Looking Glass (Channel 4); Scenes Of A Sexual Nature (Feature Film, UK).

Interactive/Digital: Foundling Museum (The Foundling Museum, London) - Sound Installation; Moore Outside (Tate Britain/Coney) - Headphone Based Interactive Pieces; You Shall Go To The Ball (Royal Opera House) - Online Interactive Campaign; Light (Bac) - Interactive Installation.

 

CAROLYN MCLEOD | CASTING DIRECTOR

Casting for over 15 years Carolyn is a freelance Casting Director who has worked with directors including Paul Schrader and Sofia Coppola.

Recent feature projects include: the dance movie High Strung, with newcomers Nicholas Galitzine and Keenan Kempa, produced by some of the original team behind the Step Up movie franchise, The Dying Of The Light, with Nicolas Cage and Irene Jacob, Walking With The Enemy for which she cast Ben Kingsley and Ralph Brown, The Dark Prince with Jon Voight, Fright Night 2 with Jaime Murray, The Liability with Tim Roth, Peter Mullan and Jack O'Connell, The Magnificent Eleven, Payback Season, child and additional casting on The Woman In Black and the psychological thriller Truth Or Die with Jennie Jacques (VIKINGS).

TV casting includes: numerous tv movies for Hallmark and the Syfy Channel including the romantic comedy Crown For Christmas with Rupert Penry-Jones (BLACK SAILS), and A Princess For Christmas with Roger Moore and Sam Heughan (OUTLANDER).

Along with projects for the BBC, ITV, Disney and associate casting on the first two Harry Potter films

She is currently in development on: sci fi movie Mr Smith, Blood And Stone, set in Wales and to be directed by Marc Jobst (Daredevil, Luke Gage), and thriller Prey No More.  Along with transgender road movie Dust, all of which are due to shoot in the UK, Canada, and Romania later this year and in Spring 2017.


PARK THEATRE
08 DECEMBER 2016 - 07 JANUARY 2017

Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, London N4 3JP
020 7870 6876