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Gypsy Queen Play Announces Third UK Tour

“The play has strong messages of friendship, conflict, challenging prejudice – but most of all love. We’re looking forward to taking Gypsy Queen to new venues and audiences, and continues to help break down barriers.”

A play about the unconventional love story between two professional boxers is about to embark on its third UK tour, visiting 11 venues across four weeks. Gypsy Queen opens its UK Tour 2019 at The Riverfront, Newport, on Thursday 31 January.

The show will then tour for four weeks visiting Nottingham Playhouse; Square Chapel in Halifax; Sheffield Crucible; York Theatre Royal; Hull Truck; Crewe Lyceum; Lawrence Batley in Huddersfield; Theatr Clywd; Leicester Curve; and New Wosley in Ipswich.

Set in the competitive world of boxing, Gypsy Queen is a tale of boxing and finding love in the most unusual circumstances, and explores LGBTQI visibility in sport, faith, sexuality, and the notion of masculinity.

Gypsy Queen tells the story of ‘Gorgeous’ George O’Connell, a bare-knuckle fighter from a traveller family, a hero to his people and a self-proclaimed Gypsy King. George enters the world of professional boxing which puts him on a collision course with his roots, his fears and his very identity.

In the opposite corner, Dane ‘The Pain’ Samson, the young pretender and son of a boxing legend. He is fighting his own battles that lead to a tragedy that neither could predict. This critically acclaimed love story about two men who find each other in the most unlikely of worlds. But can two men raised to fight ever learn to love?

The play features just two actors, who play nine characters between them, portraying comedy, drama and physicality in equal measure. Gypsy Queen is written by Rob Ward, who also plays the role of George O’Connell. The role of Dane Samson will be shared during the tour by actors John Askew and Ryan Clayton, who will each perform on specific dates (see listings). John Askew reprises the role after performing as Dane at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 and the Gypsy Queen UK Tour 2018; while Ryan Clayton returns after being originally cast as the character in 2017. The play is directed by Adam Zane and produced by Max Emmerson for Emmerson & Ward Productions, in association with Hope Theatre Company.

Just days before the tour opens in Newport, there is a special immersive performance of Gypsy Queen in Manchester on Sunday 27 January 2019. The site specific performance will be staged at Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club,where the cast will perform within the ropes of an actual boxing ring. A 3pm family friendly performance will be followed by the full production at 7pm.

Gypsy Queen was nominated for two Manchester Theatre Awards 2018 in the categories of best new play and best fringe production.

 The play was a knock-out success at Edinburgh in 2017 and 2018, garnering a host of four and five-star reviews, and was selected as one of LGBT Youth Scotland’s Top Ten Festival Picks at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe. It was also longlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, with writer Rob Ward named as one of the British Council’s Emerging Artists for 2017. The List also placed Gypsy Queen 39th on its list of best festival shows based on the opinions of a range of reviewers – out of 3,500 overall.

Gypsy Queen is suitable for audiences aged 16 upwards. The play contains strong language, nudity, and scenes of a sexual nature.

 Website:         www.gypsyqueentour.com/

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Twitter:           @GypsyQueenTour

LISTING INFORMATION

GYPSY QUEEN – SITE SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE

Sunday 27 January 2019

Family friendly show 3pm / full show 7pm

Performers Rob Ward and John Askew

Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club, Denhill Road, Moss Side, Manchester, M15 5NR

Tickets are priced between £5 and £15

Book online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gypsy-queen-by-rob-ward-tickets-53455864931

GYPSY QUEEN – UK TOUR 2019 

THE RIVERFRONT, NEWPORT

Thursday 31 January 2019 at 7.45pm

Performers Rob Ward and John Askew

Box Office 01633 656757

https://tickets.newportlive.co.uk/

NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

Saturday 2 February 2019 at 8pm

Performers Rob Ward and John Askew

Box Office 0115 941 9419

https://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/

SQUARE CHAPEL, HALIFAX

Thursday 7 February 2019 at 8pm

Performers Rob Ward and John Askew

Box Office 01422 349422

https://www.squarechapel.co.uk/

SHEFFIELD CRUCIBLE

Saturday 9 February 2019 at 7.45pm

Performers Rob Ward and John Askew

Box Office 0114 249 6000

https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/

YORK THEATRE ROYAL

Wednesday 13 February 2019 at 7.45pm

Performers Rob Ward and John Askew

Box Office 01904 623568

https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/

HULL TRUCK

Friday 15 February 2019 at 8pm

Saturday 16 February 2019 at 8pm

Performers Rob Ward and John Askew

Box Office 01482 323638

https://www.hulltruck.co.uk/

CREWE LYCEUM

Monday 18 February 2019 at 7.30pm

Performers Rob Ward and Ryan Clayton

Box Office 01270 368242

https://crewelyceum.co.uk/Online/default.asp

LAWRENCE BATLEY THEATRE, HUDDERSFIELD

Tuesday 19 February 2019 at 7.45pm

Performers Rob Ward and Ryan Clayton

Box Office 01484 430 528

https://www.thelbt.org/

THEATR CLYWD

Thursday 21 February 2019 at 7.45pm

Friday 22 February 2019 at 7.45pm

Saturday 23 February 2019 at 7.45pm

Performers Rob Ward and Ryan Clayton

Box Office 01352 701521

https://www.theatrclwyd.com/en/

LEICESTER CURVE

Monday 25 February 2019 at 7.45pm

Performers Rob Ward and Ryan Clayton

Box Office 0116 242 3595

https://www.curveonline.co.uk/

NEW WOSLEY, ISPWICH

Tuesday 26 February 2019 at 7.45pm

Performers Rob Ward and Ryan Clayton

Box Office 01473 295900

https://www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/

PLEASE NOTE:

Gypsy Queen is suitable for audiences aged 16 upwards.

The play contains strong language, nudity, and scenes of a sexual nature.