“Music-filled comedy from the wonderful Victoria Wood”

Talent

Friday 20 May–Saturday 4 June 2016

a New Vic Theatre production

By Victoria Wood
Directed by Abbey Wright

Victoria Wood has won more BAFTAs than anyone in history, along with awards for stand-up, drama and light entertainment. A comedy with original songs, Talent is the 1978 play that made her name, winning the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright and earning her first BAFTA nomination.

It’s talent night at Bunters Nitespot and secretary Julie is making her bid for fame and fortune. With frumpy best friend Maureen in tow, she’s plunged into the backstage world of ukelele-wielding pensioners, hapless magicians and predatory comperes with wandering hands and white Cortinas.

Julie is desperate for success and a new life; Maureen just wishes she was 14 again. But, when a face from the past turns up and some painful memories are unearthed, they’re forced to ask, what’s the point of success? And what does it really mean to have talent?

Friday 20 May–Saturday 4 June 2016

Photo Gallery

image by Andrew Billington

Reviews

“fine revival from Abbey Wright…”

Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

“comedy gold…”

John Woodhouse, The Sentinel

“a super night at the theatre…”

John Hargreaves, Native Monster

“left me helpless with laughter…”

Chris Eldon-Lee, Staffordshire What's On

“Victoria Wood would surely approve…”

Steve Orme, British Theatre Guide

“An immaculate production…”

William Stafford, Bum On A Seat

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