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Happy Jack

Thursday 21 April–Saturday 30 April 2022

Written and directed by John Godber

Blow me a kiss from across the room,
Say I look nice when I’m not,
Brush my hair, as you pass my chair,
Little things mean a lot…

Jack and Liz are from another time! Lifelong lovers in an old fashioned marriage. Jack is a stoical, stubborn and truculent miner, Liz his effusive optimistic long-suffering wife. Between them they rub along, creating lasting memories and have an affection for each other which is as deep as the pit Jack works in. These were the halcyon years before the Miners Strike, but life was hard, money was scarce and everything was a struggle.

In his very first play, written when he was 25, Godber captures life at the coal face, in the pit village, on the donkeys and by the fireside. The play aches with the ups and down of ordinary family life – hilarious and touching, political and angry. Jack and Liz are a working class couple who don’t ask for much, and who are learning to live with what little they have.

This bespoke production features the original cast and has been produced to celebrate the New Vic Theatre’s 60th anniversary.

Featuring double BAFTA and multi award-winning couple, John Godber and Jane Thornton (Scary Bikers, , Shafted, Sunny Side Up!) who present the play which brought them together over forty years ago.

Socially-distanced performances:
Tuesday 26 April 7.30pm
Thursday 28 April 2.15pm

Running time: Approx 1 hour 30 minutes including a 20 minute interval.

National Lottery Promotion

We are excited to announce that we are joining up with over 100 theatres UK-wide for #LoveYourLocalTheatre, offering 2-for-1 tickets for Happy Jack*.

A big thank you to The National Lottery for supporting this incredible initiative, giving Lottery players the chance to get their hands on a bargain for top-class live entertainment.

Read more about this here

Thursday 21 April–Saturday 30 April 2022

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