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Stage Editorial

twopints18.jpg They’ve picked up the craic

One of the highlights of Live Theatre’s autumn/winter season is Roddy Doyle’s ‘Two Pints’, which is having its British premiere in Newcastle before pitching up at the Peacock pub in Sunderland.

What could be simpler: two fellas meet up in a pub for a chat, chew the fat, and set the world to rights. It’s a common enough occurrence but in the hands of Roddy Doyle it’s pure theatrical gold, both hilarious and provocative. Joe Douglas, Artistic Director at Live Theatre, cooed: “We are delighted to host the British debut of Roddy Doyle’s comedy Two Pints, that has been a sell-out success across Ireland. We look forward to bringing it to audiences in Newcastle and Sunderland, in partnership with Sunderland Culture and as part of the Culture Ireland GB programme. The show is usually performed in pubs, so at Live Theatre, the bar is returning into the main theatre space. Audiences can get a pint, pull up a chair and listen in to the conversation at the bar. In Sunderland, we are delighted to have the perfect pub-setting ready-made in the beautifully restored Peacock pub on Keel Square. Wherever you see Two Pints expect big laughs and good craic.”

Two Pints: Wednesday 12-Sunday 23 September, Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle, 7.30pm (Sun mats. 4pm), £18-£26, live.org.uk; Tuesday 25-Friday 28 September, The Peacock, Keel Square, Sunderland.