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The Life I Lead

 

David Tomlinson built a career playing a certain type of Englishman – stiff, formal and a bit of a silly ass. He’s best remembered as Mr Banks in Disney’s classic Mary Poppins. But Tomlinson’s real life was just as fascinating as any of the parts he played.

His was a life that contained action and adventure – he was a World War Two fighter pilot who trained the men who fought the Battle of Arnhem. And it featured a certain amount of heartbreak – not least following the tragic death of his first wife and the later struggles to have his son Willie recognized as one of the first British cases of autism.

Above all, the man who portrayed one of cinema’s most famous patriarchs was defined by his relationship with his own father – a remote and eccentric character who was hiding an extraordinary tragicomic secret.

The Life I Lead sees Miles Jupp (Rev, The Thick Of It, The News Quiz) bringing David Tomlinson to life and retelling his remarkable story.  It’s a richly comic and moving tale of fathers and sons across different generations, filling in the blanks behind a very well-known face.

Written by James Kettle. Directed by Selina Cadell.

Performances

 

6.2.19  Exeter Northcott Theatre 19.30

8.2.19  Exeter Northcott Theatre  19.30

9.2.19  Exeter Northcott Theatre  14.30 & 19.30

11.2.19 Chichester Minerva Theatre 19.45

12.2.19 Chichester Minerva Theatre 19.45

13.2.19 Chichester Minerva Theatre 14.45 & 19.45

15.2.19 Chichester Minerva Theatre 14.45 & 19.45 (Audio Described)

16.2.19 Chichester Minerva Theatre 14.45 (Audio Described) & 19.45

19.2.19 Scarborough Stephen Joseph Theatre 19.30

20.2.19 Scarborough Stephen Joseph Theatre 19.30

22.2.19 Salford Lowry 20.00

23.2.19 Salford Lowry 15.00 & 20.00

24.2.19 Salford Lowry 15.00 & 20.00

26.2.19 Nottingham Playhouse 19.30

27.2.19 Doncaster CAST 19.30

28.2.19 Doncaster CAST 14.30 & 19.30

01.3.19 Norwich Playhouse 19.30

02.3.19 Norwich Playhouse 14.30 & 19.30

05.3.19 Oxford Playhouse 19.30

06.3.19 Oxford Playhouse 14.30 & 19.30

07.3.19 Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal 19.30

08.3.19 Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal 19.30

09.3.19 Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal 15.00 & 19.30

11.3.19 Birmingham Rep 19.45

12.3.19 Birmingham Rep 19.45

13.3.19 Birmingham Rep 19.45

14.3.19 Salisbury Playhouse 19.30

15.3.19 Salisbury Playhouse 19.30

16.3.19 Salisbury Playhouse 14.15 & 19.30

18.3.19 London Park Theatre 19.30

19.3.19 London Park Theatre 19.30

20.3.19 London Park Theatre 19.30

21.3.19 London Park Theatre 15.00 & 19.30

22.3.19 London Park Theatre 19.30

23.3.19 London Park Theatre 15.00 & 19.30

25.3.19 London Park Theatre 19.30

26.3.19 London Park Theatre 19.30

27.3.19 London Park Theatre 19.30

28.3.19 London Park Theatre 15.00 & 19.30

29.3.19 London Park Theatre 19.30

30.3.19 London Park Theatre 15.00 & 19.30

02.3.19 Guilford Yvonne Arnaud 19.45

03.3.19 Guilford Yvonne Arnaud 14.30 & 19.45