2ND MAY 1997 by Jack Thorne

Sold out

nabokov and the Bush Theatre

in association with Watford Palace Theatre and Mercury Theatre Colchester

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.

2nd May 1997 on Tour

20 – 21 Oct Watford Palace Theatre

22 – 24 Oct The Mercury Theatre, Colchester

27 – 31 Oct The Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester

CLICK HERE to view our 2nd May 1997 trailer.

Please note that the performance contains smoking, nudity and some bad language.

This is a past event
Direction
Designer
Lighting

Cast

James Barrett

Theatre includes Key To A Quiet Life (Dead Earnest Theatre); Sweet Charity (Aquinas Theatre); Junk (A2); Breezeblock Park (Priestnall Production).

Training at Manchester School of Acting.

TV includes Doctors, Literacy Awareness.

Film includes Kiss, Cuddle, Torture.

Geoffrey Beevers

London theatre includes: The Un Inspector, Playing With Fire, The Winter's Tale (National Theatre); War and Peace, Passage to India (Shared Experience); A Servant To Two Masters, Pericles, Comedy of Errors, Henry VIII, The Devils, The Time of Your Life (RSC); Hamlet, The Antipodes (Shakespeare's Globe); Leaving, The Skin Game, Dr Knock, Uncle Vanya (Orange Tree Theatre); The Robbers (The Gate); The Tower (Almeida); Twelfth Night (English Touring Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, The Crucible (Young Vic); and several plays in the West End.

TV includes: The Tudors, The South Bank Show on Hardy, Thatcher - The Long Walk to Finchley, The Genius of Mozart, Island at War, Goodnight Mr Tom, Silent Witness, Inspector Morse, Sherlock Holmes, Poirot, Holby City Casualty, The Bill, Down to Earth, Taggart, Buddha of Suburbia, Prime Suspect, Red Dwarf, Yes Prime Minister, A Very Peculiar Practise, Dr Who, A Very British Coup, Jewel in the Crown.

Film includes: Clash of the Titans, The Kid, Miss Potter, The Edge Of Love, The Woodlanders, The Curse Of The Pink Panther, Victor/Victoria.

He also writes and directs. His adaptation of "Adam Bede" won a Time Out Award.

Jamie Samuel

Jamie plays Danny

Training: Arts Ed School Of Acting

Theatre includes: THE KITCHEN SINK by Tom Wells (Hull Truck Theatre), 66 BOOKS (Bush Theatre), PUSHING UP POPPIES by Kieran Lynn (Theatre 503), BLANDED by Frazer Flintham (Bush Theatre), 2ND MAY 1997 by Jack Thorne (Bush Theatre/Royal Exchange Manchester), THE ENGLISH GAME by Richard Bean (Headlong), THE CONSERVATORY by Mark Dooley (Old Red Lion Theatre).

Film includes: Territory (50 West Productions)

TV includes: The Promise (Channel 4/Daybreak Pictures), A Touch Of Frost (ITV), Doctors (BBC), The Bill (ITV)

Short Film includes: Own Worst Enemy (Grosvenor Television), The Coward (Curzon, Soho).

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Theatre for the Bush includes: 2nd May 1997.

Other theatre includes: Rope (Almedia and Sonia
Friedman); Roaring Trade (Soho Theatre); Twelfth
Night (Sprite Productions); Crazy Love (Paines
Plough); Is Everyone OK? (Latitude Festival).

Television includes: Doctors.

Film includes: The Reward.

Phoebe is the Co-Artistic Director of DryWrite.

Linda Broughton

Theatre includes Ivanov (Wyndhams Theatre); The Chalk Garden (Donmar Warehouse); Snowbound (Trafalgar Studios, London); Hamlet (The Factory); I Like Mine with a Kiss (The Bush); The Safari Party (New Vic Theatre, Stoke); Hoxton Story (The Red Room); The Life of Galileo, The Crucible, Racing Demon, Absence of War and Murmuring Judges (Birmingham Repertory Theatre); Ballroom (Riverside Stuidos and tour); The Importance Of Being Earnest (The Royal Theatre, Northampton); When The Wind Blows (The Southwark Playhouse); Forty Years On, Northanger Abbey (The Northcott Theatre, Exeter); Sugar Dollies (The Gate Theatre).

TV includes Waking The Dead, Silent Witness, Doctors, Poirot, Carrie and Barrie, Fist of Fun, Paul Merton: Does China Exist?, Casualty, Roughnecks, Knowing Me Knowing You, Chandler and Co., Men Behaving Badly, Wycliffe, Firm Friends, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, Coronation Street.

Hugh Skinner

Hugh Skinner returns to the Bush Theatre, where he previously appeared in 2 May 1997 and Suddenlossofdignity.com. His other theatre work includes The Great Game (Tricycle Theatre), Angry Young Man (Trafalgar Studios), The Enchantment (National Theatre), Senora Carrar’s Rifles (Young Vic), and ); French Without Tears (Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford). Television credits include Any Human Heart, Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Bonkers; and for film, Day of the Dead.

@bushtheatre

So proud of our brilliant company- amazing performances this evening in A City Shaken! @Kalungi_ @bushtheatrehttps://t.co/WxwcmgTc8H
W City Youth Theatre
@wcytheatre
30 Jul
Ok, so with a few people going up to fringe next week and lots of people announcing tours/remounts of their 2019 ed… https://t.co/wumvG3BxbK
Tabby Lamb
@TheTabbyLamb
30 Jul
#FriendsofSTH 'Brilliant and blistering' (The Times), Lava is the ★★★★ explosive debut by Benedict Lombe that will… https://t.co/DJQbJQKGQH
Shoreditch Town Hall
@ShoreditchTH
30 Jul
GUYSSSSS @bushtheatre I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH. https://t.co/9JAR2t5fYs
Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo
@RAdekoluejo
30 Jul
🚨🚨🚨 applications close at midnight tonight 🚨🚨🚨 https://t.co/PhoE1t5bN3
Katie Greenall
@Katie_Greenall
29 Jul
So grateful to be part of this. If your in London and you haven't seen it yet. Tickets are available till the 13th… https://t.co/SbkSUmorgd
Crystal Gayle
@CrazyC21
29 Jul

Bush Green

Conversations, dispatches and ideas from the Bush Theatre.

Go to BushGreen
Announcing: Uzma Hasan as our new Chair of the Board of Trustees

We are delighted that Uzma Hasan will succeed Simon Johnson as Chair of our Board of Trustees with effect from 1 August 2021. Uzma Hasan is an independent film and TV producer who brings subversive stories to global audiences. She is currently producing the feature film adaptation of Akram Khan’s original ballet Creature directed by…

Wabriya King: Associate Dramatherapist

“What actors have to take themselves through both physically and emotionally takes its toll. My role is to work alongside them and acknowledge and nourish their mental wellbeing in relation to the work, enabling them to safely honour their character’s journey, without giving or losing too much of themselves in the process.” – Wabriya King…

Many Stories. One Space. | Bush Theatre 2021 Season

 Telling stories that take us from South London to South Africa via nightclub bathrooms and the World Athletic Championships, our new season is set to blow you away. A word from Lynette Linton, Artistic Director: “With the venue fully open again, We’re beyond excited to welcome our Bush family back into the building. We…