The countdown begins on Unique Twopence Autumn 2016 North West Tour

Following a hugely successful 2015 Merseyside tour, Twopence to Cross the Mersey will now embark on its biggest tour to date, a unique series that covers seven venues across England’s North West and North Wales.

The smash-hit play, based on the best-selling autobiography, Helen Forrester’s Twopence to Cross the Mersey will open at Liverpool’s Royal Court on Tuesday 20th September for a three week run. The play will then tour to six further venues in Rhyl, Preston, Southport, Warrington, Stockport and St Helens, taking the show to its readers.

There are just two changes to the line-up which generated rave reviews when the show enjoyed a successful six-week tour in Spring 2015. The cast now features actors Phil Hearne and Tom Cawte as part of the 8-strong ensemble cast.

Phil Hearne will play a variety of roles in Twopence and is looking forward to treading the familiar boards of Royal Court Liverpool, where he has regularly entertained audiences in shows including Good Golly Miss Molly and the Council Depot Blues. He was part of the West End cast for Blood Brothers, and his television credits include Coronation Street.

Tom Cawte brings a wealth of experience to the role of Alan, Helen’s younger brother. His theatre credits include the 2015 national tour of The Lone Pine Club and Boys of the Empire Production Sandel at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013. Film and television credits include the upcoming BBC series Witless and London Fields.

The line-up sees the return of Emma Dears (Judy & Liza, Les Miserables) as Mother; Christopher Jordan (Moving On, Coronation Street) as Father; Maria Lovelady as Helen; and together with Tom Cawte as Alan, they make up the Forrester family.

Eithne Browne (Brookside, Brick Up The Mersey Tunnel); Jake Abraham (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Game of Thrones); Roy Carruthers (Night Collar, Tales from Haunted Liverpool); and Phil Hearne all take on lead roles, as well as supplementary characters throughout.

Son of Helen Forrester, Robert Bhatia said:

“The play is great! I saw it last year and Maria Lovelady was utterly convincing as my mother.”

Helen Forrester’s Twopence to Cross the Mersey tells the true story of a young girl and her formerly wealthy family as they are suddenly thrown into poverty during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Leaving behind the nannies, servants and comfortable middle-class life in the South West of England, they uproot their shattered lives and choose Liverpool as the place to start again to rebuild their dreams and fortune. Unbeknown to them however, a terrible shock awaits them.

The play is staged by Pulse Records Ltd in collaboration with producer and stage writer Rob Fennah and producer Bill Elms, who are joined by director Bob Eaton.

Co-producer and stage writer Rob Fennah, said:

“We are absolutely thrilled that we can welcome the return of almost the same cast for our biggest ever tour of the Twopence play – it’s fantastic news and is something we have worked hard to achieve. Helen’s story is such a special one and is one which so many people can relate to – but you need an extremely strong cast who can embrace just what it was like for Helen and her family and are able to portray their lives with passion and dignity. Our cast won the hearts of audiences and also the Forrester family which is absolute testament to their creative talent.”

Producers Pulse Records Ltd in association with Bill Elms, recently announced a partnership with church and charity, The Salvation Army. Audiences will be able to donate to The Salvation Army at every performance during the North West and North Wales tour. All monies raised will help to fund the work of the church and charity, supporting some of the most vulnerable people in the community.

This stage adaptation is fully authorised by the Helen Forrester estate.

Twopence Media Partner is Smooth Radio North West | Twopence Hotel Partner is Titanic Liverpool.

Royal Court Theatre
20 September – 8 October 2016
0151 709 4321

Pavilion Theatre
12 – 15 October 2016
01745 330000

Charter Theatre
19 – 22 October 2016
01772 804444

Theatre and Convention Centre
24 – 27 October 2016
0844 871 3021

Pyramid & Parr Hall
28 – 29 October 2016
01925 442345

Plaza Theatre
1 – 4 November 2016
0161 477 7779

Theatre Royal
7 – 12 November 2016
01744 756000

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