Kicking off new season

MHDE'Bully Boy
MHDE'Bully Boy

A PLAY written by comedian Sandi Toksvig will be starting the autumn season at the Royal and Derngate in Northampton in style.

Bully Boy will start tomorrow (Friday) and run until Saturday, September 15. This sensitive and thought-provoking play follows Falklands War veteran Major Oscar Hadley, who is sent to a combat zone to probe allegations of severe misconduct by Eddie Clark, a young squaddie from Burnley and part of a self-styled Bully Boy unit of the British army.

As the interrogation develops, the two men bond as they try to come to terms with the horrors they have both experienced at war.

Taking on the role of Major Oscar Handley is Anthony Andrews, best known for playing the charming but fatally-flawed Sebastian Flyte in the hugely successful TV adaptation of Brideshead Revisited.

He has also been recently seen in the Oscar-winning movie The King’s Speech playing Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin. The role of Eddie will be played by Joshua Miles.

Bully Boy is a poignant and heartfelt exploration of post-war trauma, providing a startling insight both into the minds of soldiers and into their treatment by society when they return.

With this play Sandi Toksvig has shown her colours as a serious playwright, complementing her credits as executive producer on Sky Arts Playhouse Live and Theatre Live series, which have seen her commissioning and producing new drama for television.

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Bully Boy, made by the Royal and Derngate’s in house production team, will be performed at Northampton before transferring to London.

Further treats in the new season include Radio Times The Musical. pictured right with Gary Wilmot from Se[tember 18 to 22, all about a light entertainment wireless show doing its bit to boost wartime spirit.

A truly terrifying experience will be coming to Northampton from October 9 to 13.

The Woman in Black, which has recently been turned into a film starring Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe, sees a young lawyer terrfied by visions of a ghost. The play has recently celebrated 23 years in the West End

Some of the greatest disco hits of all time are celebrated in a braned new musical celebrating the life of Boney M.

Daddy Cool runs from October 9 to 13 and stars Sheila Ferguson from The Three Degrees and Jane McDonald, a regular panelist on the ITV show Loose Women.

Tickets for Bully Boy cost between £13 and £28. For more information or to book tickets for Bully Boy or any of the other shows in the new season call the box office on 01604 624811 or visit