For the first time Jim Blythe’s incredibly touching and thought-provoking play ROSSITER will be performed in Liverpool. Actor Toby Harris will bring the much loved and iconic comic actor back to life in his home city once again.
The event is held 4-6 November, 7.30pm, with a 3pm matinee show on the 5th. See here for tickets.
Leonard Rossiter born in Wavertree in 1926, was one of the leading comic actors of his generation. He was also a man of paradoxes – a committed husband who nevertheless had a long-standing affair, a working-class man who kept a fine wine cellar, an amateur actor who became a professional and a theatrical performer whose greatest fame came from his television work.
ROSSITER explores his life, his work and his motivations. Set backstage, we find Rossiter preparing for his nightly performance as Inspector Truscott in Joe Orton’s “Loot”. This was to be his final role – he died backstage, in his dressing room, of a heart condition associated with athletes. To die at the age of 57 may be seen as a tragedy: it was certainly a great loss to the theatre. To die backstage was, to an actor of Rossiter’s stature, only to be expected – he was far too prolific, far too hard-working, to have been seen dead anywhere else.
ROSSITER was first performed in 2019 in Cardiff and was due to play The Hope Street Theatre in 2020 but due to the countrywide lockdown and closure of live entertainment due to the pandemic, had to be postponed.
ROSSITER is written by Jim Blythe a former Merchant Navy radio officer, a ladies hairdresser, a business consultant, a rock musician, a truck driver, a company director, an academic and, playwright with over 11 plays to his name. Directed by David Baxter former head of Arts Active – the education, community and audience engagement unit of the National Concert Hall of Wales and the New Theatre, Cardiff, with original music by Helen Woods.
ROSSITER can be booked through their website at www.hopestreettheatre.com or via telephone on 0344 561 0622