Beautiful Thing

Beautiful Thing

by Jonathan Harvey

Charlie Brooks
Sam Jackson
Thomas Law

The Arts Theatre London 3 June – 11 July 2015




Nikolai Foster’s celebrated anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey’s modern classic Beautiful Thing returns in 2015 to make audiences laugh and cry in equal measure.

Beautiful Thing is a glorious urban love story between two young men set on an inner city housing estate. It tells the story of teenager Jamie’s relationship with classmate and neighbour, Ste. Together the two boys find comedy, warmth and the music of Mama Cass through their loud-mouthed next door neighbour, Leah, along with Jamie’s mum, Sandra (the local barmaid) and her neo-hippy boyfriend, Tony.

Jonathan Harvey (Gimme, Gimme, Gimme; Coronation Street) combines comedy with drama in his critically acclaimed award-winning play. Beautiful Thing truly captures what it is to be a teenager and to fall in love.

Multi-award winning actress Charlie Brooks, best known for her role as ‘Janine Butcher’ in EastEnders, will lead the cast as ‘Sandra’. Thomas Law (EastEnders, The World’s End) will star as ‘Ste’ and Sam Jackson (Skins, Kes) will star as ‘Jamie’. Gerard McCarthy (Hollyoaks, The Fall) will star as ‘Tony’, Vanessa Babirye (Our Girl) will star as ‘Leah’ with Rob Ellis & Natalie Law completing the cast.

Produced by Nottingham Playhouse, Curve Theatre Leicester and Tom O’Connell for QNQ in association with Oliver Taheri Productions.


Sam Jackson – Jamie
Charlie Brooks – Sandra
Thomas Law – Ste
Gerard McCarthy – Tony
Vanessa Babirye – Leah
Robert Ellis U/S
Natalie Law U/S


Jonathan Harvey – Playwright
Nikolai Foster – Director
Colin Richmond – Set & Costume Designer
Kay Magson – Casting Director
Ben Cracknell – Lighting Director
George Dennis – Sound Designer
Tom O’Connell for QNQ – Executive Producer
Nottingham Playhouse
Curve Leicester Theatre
Oliver Taheri Productions

UK Tour Details

Canterbury – Marlowe Theatre
23 – 24 March
Birmingham – Hippodrome (The Patrick Centre)
30 March – 11 April
Manchester – Lowry Theatre, Salford (Quays)
13 – 18 April
Nottingham – Playhouse
21 April – 9 May
Northampton – Theatre Royal
18 – 23 May
Leicester – Curve Studio
25 – 30 May
West End – Arts Theatre
3 June – 11 July
Cardiff – New Theatre
14 – 18 July
Brighton – Theatre Royal
20 – 25 July

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