Torch Song Trilogy previewed at the Menier Chocolate Factory at the end of May and tickets are now available through till 12th August.
Harvey Fierstein’s Tony Award winning comedy-drama tells the poignant story of an outsider’s search for love and acceptance. Originally conceived and performed in three acts, this intimate and powerful play is bursting with courage and sharp wit, as Arnold fights for his place in the world and his right to happiness.
Arnold meets Ed, who is not comfortable with his bisexuality and who goes of with the intention of marrying girlfriend Laurel. Arnold meets Alan, settles down with plans to adopt a child. Tragedy strikes, Ed leaves Laurel and meets back up with Arnold who is a single father of gay teenager David. All three have to cope with a visit from Arnold’s Mum, Mrs Beckoff.
The role of Arnold, who is a professional drag queen called “Virginia Hamm” will be played by David Bedella. David’s performance as Satan in Jerry Springer the Opera won him an Olivier award. Other theatre credits include Billy Flynn in Chicago, and Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show.
The role of Arnold’s mother, Mrs Beckoff, will be played by Sara Kestelman. Sara has worked extensively in theatre, TV and film. Sara’s theatre credits include Copenhagen, Nine and Cabaret for which she won an Olivier award for her performance as Fraulein Schneider.
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.