Harvey Fierstein's Tony Award winning comedy-drama Torch Song Trilogy, tells the poignant story of an outsider’s search for love and acceptance. New York Jewish gay drag queen Arnold Beckoff, encounters passion, thrills, love and loss.
This intimate and powerful play, with an amazing cast and creative team, is bursting with courage and hilarious sharp wit. Torch Song Trilogy will have you laughing, and holding your breath on the edge of your seat in anticipation as you are there with Arnold, as he 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.
David Bedella plays the role of Arnold Beckoff. 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, is played by Sara Kestelman. Sara has worked extensively in theatre, TV and film. Sara's theatre credits include Making Noise Quietly (Donmar Warehouse), Copenhagen (National Theatre and Duchess), Nine (Donmar) and Cabaret (Donmar) for which she won an Olivier award for her performance as Fraulein Schneider.
Joe McFadden plays the role of Ed Reiss. Joe is known for his TV roles in Casualty, Heartbeat and Cranford. His theatre credits include She Loves Me and How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Missing (National Theatre of Scotland), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Edinburgh Playhouse) and Rainbow Kiss (Royal Court).
The role of Alan is played by Tom Harries. Tom appeared in the feature film Hunky Dory alongside Minnie Driver and will soon be seen in Tom Stoppard’s period drama blockbuster Parade’s End (BBC/HBO).
Perry Millward plays the role of teenager David Beckoff. Perry’s theatre credits include How The World Began (Arcola), Caroline or Change (National Theatre) and Mary Poppins (Bristol Hippodrome). His film and television credits include John Carter of Mars (Disney), Perfume-The Story of a Murderer, Monroe (ITV) and Downton Abbey.
Laura Pyper plays the role of Ed's wife, Laurel. Laura's theatre credits include Don Juan in Soho (Donmar), Danger:Memory (Jermyn Street Theatre), Punk Rock (Lyric Hammermith) and Troilus and Cressida (Globe).TV credits include 13 Steps Down (ITV)and for the BBC, Emma, Spooks and Silent Witness.