A haunting tale full of mystery and humour

Maureen Lipman and Harry Shearer (Joe)
Maureen Lipman and Harry Shearer (Joe)

A new play by Oliver Cotton is coming to the Theatre Royal Brighton from Monday, September 8, to Saturday, September 13.

Heading to the seafront town 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.

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.

Evening performances start at 7.45pm.

Thursday and Saturday matinees are at 2.30pm.

Visit www.atgtickets.com/brighton or call 0844 871 7650 (booking fee applies to both).