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Maureen Lipman (Ellie) & Oliver Cotton (Billy)

A new play by Oliver Cotton

Monday 8 – Saturday 13 September

Eves 7.45pm
Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm

A truly excellent opening evening at Theatre Royal, Brighton. The audience, at near capacity, clapped warmly at every opportunity throughout the play. Lipman and Shearer’s ballroom dancing was superb with a light touch that only the truly great have.

The theatre, one of Brighton‘s star attractions always exudes a timeless quality of genteel living, particularly so in the upstairs bar where theatre staff Annie and her colleagues make the evening extra special with their warmth and charm.

Maureen Lipman as Ellie
Maureen Lipman as Ellie

Coming to Brighton direct from the West End, the critically acclaimed DAYTONA is gripping, poignant, funny and full of mystery.

The play, set in the 1980s, has not one, but two love stories at its heart.  Elderly Jewish immigrants Joe and Elli, who live in Brooklyn, have been married for fifty years and despite constantly bickering, clearly love each other.  They share a love of ballroom dancing and are practising their routines for the next big competition.

Then one bitter cold night, Joe’s long lost brother Billy, who had abruptly disappeared from the couple’s lives many decades before, changing his name in order to completely break from his past, arrives at their apartment unannounced from his vacation in Daytona, Florida.

What can he possibly want of them? What can be gained from this uneasy reunion? When they discover the story behind Billy’s sudden return, Joe and Elli must confront a profound moral dilemma.

Maureen Lipman (Ellie) & Harry Shearer (Joe)
Maureen Lipman (Ellie) & Harry Shearer (Joe)

DAYTONA stars the much loved Maureen Lipman, the Olivier winning actress whose extensive credits include Oklahoma! (National Theatre), A Little Night Music (Menier Chocolate Factory) and When We Are Married (West End).

Harry Shearer is known to millions as the voice of many different characters for The Simpsons and also for his role in the hilarious This is Spinal Tap.

They are joined by Oliver Cotton, who wrote DAYTONA, as Billy.

Don’t miss this hauntingly beautiful story about moral dilemma, personal identity and the relationships that bind us all now showing at Theatre Royal Brighton as part of a limited UK tour.


0844 871 7650*

(booking fee applies)

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