2nd May 1997

We're super excited to anounce our new show, a co-production between ourselves and our friends at The Bush Theatre in association with The Mercury Theatre, Colchester and Watford Palace Theatre.

2ND MAY 1997 is a brand new play by the brilliant Jack Thorne. It will premiere at The Bush in September before touring to the Mercury, Palace and Manchester Royal Exchange Studio.

Here are the details, with casting and lots more news coming very soon...

2ND MAY 1997 low res

nabokov and the Bush Theatre
in association with Watford Palace Theatre and Mercury Colchester present

2ND MAY 1997
by Jack Thorne

Directed by George Perrin
Designed by Hannah Clark

2nd May 1997. An historic victory. The Tories, 18 years in power, are defeated as New Labour sweeps into government. From the euphoria and despair, three deeply personal stories emerge.

Tory MP Robert prepares to attend the count. With defeat looming large, he fears becoming a forgotten man while his wife Marie counts the cost of her own sacrifice to politics. Lib Dem footsoldier Ian is no hero but party-crasher Sarah is determined to make him one. Best mates Jake and Will wake up to a new world order and try to memorise the cabinet before their politics A Level class. Jake dreams of Number 10. Will dreams of Jake.

A smouldering new play from one of Britain's most exciting young writers about escaping the past, seizing the present and owning the future.

Jack Thorne’s plays include BURYING YOUR BROTHER IN THE PAVEMENT (NT Connections), WHEN YOU CURE ME (Bush), FANNY AND FAGGOTT (Finborough and West End) and STACEY (Arcola and West End). His writing for television includes SKINS, SHAMELESS and THE SPASTIC KING. His first feature film – THE SCOUTING BOOK FOR BOYS – was shot in September 2008.

“One of the year's finest pieces of new writing”
Evening Standard on WHEN YOU CURE ME

“A phenomenally moving portrait of all the hopes, doubts, burdens and frustrations implied in the four bare words of its title.”
Financial Times on WHEN YOU CURE ME

2ND MAY 1997 on Tour

9 September – 10 October 2009
The Bush Theatre, London

20 – 21 October
Watford Palace Theatre

22 – 24 October
The Mercury Theatre, Colchester

26 – 31 October
The Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester