About the showHarry Melling stars in Robert Askins’ raucous black-comedy Hand to God as it transfers from Broadway. The Harry Potter actor, who is best known for appearing as Dudley Dursley, takes on the dual roles of awkward teen, Jason, and his hilariously blasphemous side-kick.
Isolated in suburban Texas following the death of his father, Jason finds escape from his distress in Tyrone, a grey sock puppet with a shock of red hair and devilish desires who begins to take on a life of his own. With a spectacularly foul mouth and a penchant for causing havoc, Tyrone’s reign of terror is inescapable – much to the mortified dismay of Jason and the delight of audiences. As he joyously smashes all moral boundaries, Tyrone will leave you questioning the meaning of life and the security of your sock drawer.
Opening on Broadway in 2015, Hand to God received unanimous critical acclaim as well as five Tony Award Nominations including Best Play. Based on the West End successes of Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon, Askins is certain that London audiences will lap up his insightful yet bawdy play. Dubbed by the New York Times as an unsettling reflection of our society, Hand to God dares to go to the psychological depths previously unexplored by puppet-kind.
Melling has a host of prestigious stage credits to his name, including Mother Courage and Her Children at the National Theatre, followed by roles in I am a Camera (Southwark Playhouse) and Pinter’s classic tragicomedy The Hothouse (Trafalgar Studios). Melling is joined on stage by Olivier Award-winner Janie Dee, who won countless awards and accolades for her performances in Alan Ayckbourn’s Comic Potential. Jemima Rooper completes the lead cast following her success in Blithe Spirit and One Man, Two Guvnors at the National Theatre.
Get ready to come face-to-face with the West End’s newest poly cotton trouble-maker as Hand to God opens at the Vaudeville Theatre on 5th February 2016.
Who Should See It?Fans of X-rated Sesame Street-esque Avenue Q and the smash-hit The Book of Mormon will find that Hand to God has a similarly raucous spirit. Not for the faint-hearted or easily offended, this is a play that ignores all the rules and says it as it is.
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