Photo Flash: New Production Images Of The Gap

February 14, 2024
Photo Flash: New Production Images Of The Gap

The Gap, a new play by Jim Cartwright, opened at the Hope Mill Theatre on the 9th February and will run until the 16th March. New production images have been released, taken by Pamela Raith.

Starring Mathew Kelly and Denish Walsh, with direction by Anthony Banks, The Gap delves into the audacious adventures of Walter and Corral. He’s back up north, she’s still down south. They haven’t seen each other for fifty years, not since their Soho days, back in the swinging ’60s. A chance phone call reunites them for one magical night and in next to no time, they’re back to their old tricks.

Matthew Kelly is one of the UK’s most beloved stars of stage and screen. His West End theatre credits include the original Stanley in Funny Peculiar (Mermaid Theatre) – a role he created originally at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre, Waiting For Godot with Ian McKellen and Roger Rees (Haymarket Theatre), Tim Firth’s Sign of the Times the musical (Duchess Theatre), Lend Me A Tenor! (Gielgud Theatre) and Lennie in Of Mice and Men (Savoy Theatre) for which he won an Olivier Award for Best Actor. His other more recent theatre credits include Noises Off (Phoenix Theatre & UK tour), The Habit Of Art (59e59 Theatre, New York & UK Tour), The Dresser with Julian Clary (Theatre Royal Bath & tour) and BIG the Musical (The Dominion Theatre) plus many more.

Renowned actress, Denise Welch, recently starred in Diana: The Musical at The Eventim Apollo. Her other theatre credits include the 2018 UK tour of Calendar Girls the Musical, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (The Royal Exchange Theatre), UK tour of Steel Magnolias, Smack Family Robinson (Rose Theatre Kingston), The Ancient Secret of Youth and The Five Tibetans at  (Octagon Theatre Bolton), Grease (Haymarket Theatre Leicester) and Ruby in Yakety Yak (The Astoria). As well as her extensive theatre credits Denise also has many television credits such as Coronation Street (ITV), Waterloo Road (BBC), Boy Meets Girl (BBC) and Hollyoaks (Channel 4) to name a few.

Jim Cartwright and Anthony Banks said “it’s great to be collaborating again after our work on Mobile Phone Show in 2013 and Raz in 2016. We’re looking forward to Denise and Matthew bringing these characters to life – two extraordinary lives lived across half a century of changes.

The Gap is directed by Anthony Banks with set design consultancy by Andrzej Goulding, costume design by Susan Kulkarni, lighting design by Jamie Platt, sound design by Ben & Max Ringham, video design by Sam Diaz, movement direction by Arielle Smith, wig design by Gilly Church and production management by James Anderton. The Gap is produced by Hope Mill Theatre.