Peter Gill’s astonishing new play is both a love story between two young men of very different backgrounds, and a meditation on an alternative tradition in English art.
York in the early 1960s. The middle class Londoner John has come to work as Assistant Director on an amateur staging of the York Mystery plays and meets the working class George, who is acting in it. John wants George to leave York and move down to London with him, where he is working in the theatre. In George’s decision, Peter Gill makes us think more deeply about the depth of English class allegiances, the meaning of family, the complex relationship between London and the ‘regions’, and the origins and ownership of art itself.
Peter Gill is one of the key figures in modern British theatre. He has directed many productions at the Royal National Theatre, the RSC, the Almeida and the Royal Court, of both classics and new work. His own plays include Kick For Touch, Mean Tears and Cardiff East.
The York Realist receives its world premiere at The Lowry prior to a run at the Royal Court, London.
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