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On The Table Read, “the best entertainment magazine in the UK“, Steve Coogan will interview Frank Cottrell Boyce for “An Evening with Frank Cottrell Boyce” at Shakespeare North Playhouse on February 4th.

An Evening With Frank Cottrell Boyce

The cult classic biographical comedy drama about Manchester’s Factory Records, 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE, which was written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and starred Steve Coogan, was released in 2002. Twenty years later, the two will reunite at Shakespeare North Playhouse for a night of laughter, warmth, and stories about Frank’s remarkable career.

Johnny Vegas, Jimmy McGovern, and Angela Griffin have been previous hosts of Shakespeare North Playhouse’s “Evening with” events.

Kind and clever! Frank Cotterall Boyce is one of my favourite people, and the best thing to come out of Liverpool since the M62. So I jumped at the chance to talk to him about his life and work at Shakespeare North Playhouse. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Steve Coogan

Steve Coogan

Steve Coogan is best known for his role as Alan Partridge, an iconic British institution. He was born and raised in Manchester, where he studied acting at the Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre. For his portrayal of Alan Partridge, he has won numerous British Comedy Awards and BAFTAs. He has also taken the role on three national tours that sold out, including STRATAGEM, which will tour in 2022.

Steve Coogan on The Table Read Magazine
Steve Coogan

In February 2016, he won a BAFTA for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Program for his performance on Sky Atlantic’s MID MORNING MATTERS, a critically acclaimed mockumentary special. This time with Alan Partridge, which aired on BBC One in 2019 and received acclaim, was nominated for Best Comedy Program at the Broadcast Awards. Alan is the subject of two books written by I Alan Partridge: The 2011 release of We Need to Talk About Alan and Alan Partridge: Nomad, which came out in October 2016 Coogan released FROM THE OASTHOUSE: in 2021. The Audible version of THE ALAN PARTRIDGE PODCAST, which was up for a British Podcast Award nomination.

Coogan established Baby Cow Productions in 1999. ALAN PARTRIDGE, THE MIGHTY BOOSH, THE TRIP, GAVIN & STACEY, ZAPPED, UNCLE, RED DWARF, SENSITIVE SKIN, CAMPING, MOONE BOY, STARLINGS, HUNDERBY, THE WITCHFINDER, and CHIVALRY, which Coogan co-wrote and starred in alongside Sarah Solemani for Channel 4.

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Frank Cottrell-Boyce on The Table Read Magazine
Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Award-winning author and screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce His first children’s book, MILLIONS, was awarded the CILIP Carnegie Medal. In addition, he is the author of NOAH’S GOLD, COSMIC, FRAMED, THE ASTOUNDING BROCCOLI BOY, and CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG FLIES AGAIN. His books have been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Whitbread Children’s Fiction Award, and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. The 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal had a shortlist for Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth.

Frank came up with the idea for the Olympic Opening Ceremony in London in 2012, along with Danny Boyle. Frank has written for numerous acclaimed films, including GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE, MILLIONS, and GOD ON TRIAL, in addition to the popular television series DR WHO. KENSUKE’S KINGDOM and THE BEAUTIFUL GAME are two of Frank’s upcoming films.

Frank and Steve have collaborated on a number of projects, the most recent of which is the ITV drama STEPHEN, which is about the police investigation into Stephen Lawrence. In the three-part radio 4 documentary “Knowing Steve, Knowing You” of 2015, Frank spoke with Steve.

I’m extremely excited to have this chance to talk with the mighty Steve Coogan in the thrilling surroundings of Shakespeare North. We can promise you an evening of wisdom, insight and funny voices.

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Angela Griffin

Angela Griffin on The Table Read Magazine
Angela Griffin

On January 28, 2023, Frank will host an evening with actress and television presenter Angela Griffin before speaking with Steve Coogan.

Angela, who was born in Leeds, is well-liked by audiences all over the world. When she took on the role of hairdresser Fiona Middleton in ITV’s CORONATION STREET when she was 16 years old, she started her path to success. Angela has since appeared in numerous beloved dramas, including CUTTING IT, LEWIS, and HOLBY CITY, the Netflix series WHITE LINES, and Irvine Welsh’s CRIME. Angela is currently filming WATERLOO ROAD for BBC One, in which she will reprise her role as Kim Campbell, the iconic secondary school’s current head teacher. She is also on BBC Radio Two’s Unwind with Angela Griffin every Sunday night.

Shakespeare North Playhouse

The first-of-its-kind Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot is home to the only timber-built “Cockpit” theatre built in the 17th century outside of London that can be set up in either an end-on or an in-the-round configuration. The new venue, which was built entirely with public funds and donations during the pandemic, is expected to attract over 140,000 visitors annually to the region.

The venue is housed in a modern, energy-efficient building. It also has an outdoor performance garden that is fully accessible and is funded by the Ken Dodd Charitable Foundation. It also has an exhibition gallery, a 60-seat studio theater, a learning center, event spaces, a café and bar with an outdoor piazza, and more.

Book Tickets Now:

Tickets for An Evening with Frank Cottell Boyce on Saturday the 4th of February can be found here:

Tickets for An Evening with Angela Griffin on Saturday the 28th of January can be found here:

Alternatively, tickets can be bought online, by telephone or at the shop inside Shakespeare North Playhouse

Booking Line: 0151 433 7156

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