WHAT’S IN A NAME
Thursday 5 – Saturday 14 September
Adam Blanshay Productions presents the critically acclaimed Birmingham Repertory Theatre production What’s In A Name? starring Inbetweeners star Joe Thomas, which opens at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre from Thursday 5 – Saturday 14 September.
Father-to-be Vincent and his partner Anna are invited to dinner by his sister Elizabeth and her husband, Peter. They are joined by childhood friend Carl for a mature and sophisticated gathering.
The meal is lovingly prepared, and wine carefully selected. The friends are prepared for the usual humorous exchanges they’ve come to expect.
But tonight, a startling revelation about the name chosen for Vincent’s and Anna’s expected child becomes the catalyst for a destructive argument which spirals hysterically out of control. Tonight no one is holding back! Egos, childish resentment and unspoken feelings are relentlessly and hilariously exposed for the first time.
Playing Vincent will be Joe Thomas, an actor and writer best known as Simon in the multi-award winning E4 show The Inbetweeners. Following the success of The Inbetweeners (and the two eponymous films that followed) Joe starred as Kingsley in all four series of Channel 4’s Fresh Meat, and as George in Sky One’s Chickens, which he also co-wrote.
The cast also boasts I’m Alan Partridge, Spaced, and Black Mirror star James Lance as Peter, and Hollyoaks star Summer Strallen as Anna, following her roles in West End runs of Top Hat, The Sound of Music, Young Frankenstein, The Drowsy Chaperone, Guys and Dolls, The Boy Friend, Love Never Dies, Cats, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Carl will be played by Alex Gaumond, most recently received critical acclaim for his role as Paul in Marianne Elliott’s multi-Olivier® award-winning revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company in the West End.
Highly respected director Jeremy Sams has adapted and directed multiple celebrated productions. As a director his credits include Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Wizard of Oz (West End and World Tour), The Sound of Music (West End and Toronto), Noises Off (National Theatre, West End, UK Tour and Broadway) and Benefactors (UK Tour and West End). His credits as an adaptor include The Park (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Rehearsal (Almeida and West End), Beckett (West End) and Les Parents Terribles (National Theatre and Broadway).
Book now for a witty and razor-sharp comedy you won’t want to miss!
Tickets for What’s In A Name? are on sale now! You can book yours by calling the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Box Office on (01483) 44 00 00 or by visiting the website at