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A play about Aneurin Bevan and Jennie Lee - a socialist power-couple at the heart of UK politics

from multi award-winning company Theatr na nÓg 24 Sep 2018

A play about Aneurin Bevan and Jennie Lee - a socialist power-couple at the heart of UK politics

Multi award winning Welsh theatre company, Theatr na nÓg (TOM, Eye of the Storm) bring their UK-wide tour of their acclaimed political love story Nye & Jennie on tour across Wales and Scotland this autumn.

The tour coincides with the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS in 1948, a year in which reflection on the NHS and its founding ideals have inevitably been making the news, and Bevan’s achievement recognised and celebrated across the country.

This intimate and poetic play offers insight on the marriage of one of the most outstanding political partnerships of the 20th Century and saw writer Meredydd Barker nominated for Best Playwright at the Welsh Theatre Awards 2017. A notable cast features Gareth John Bale as Aneurin Bevan, who has recently returned from New York performing his celebrated role in Torch Theatre’s one-man show Grav, and fresh from touring with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Louise Collins as Jennie Lee.

Gareth John Bale:
"The opportunity to play someone like Nye Bevan does not come around often. Meredydd Barker’s wonderful script allows me the chance to play Nye the statesman but also Nye the private man. It’s great to be able to get under the skin of a man who was such a huge political figure while also exploring the relationship he had with his wife, Jennie Lee. It’s an honour and a responsibility to play Nye and I’m looking forward to it and to working with the na nÓg family once again."

This is Theatr na nÓg’s first co-production with Aneurin Leisure Trust, a natural partner for a play about their local hero.

Aneurin Bevan, better known as ‘Nye’, and his wife Jennie Lee fought together for a new way of life for the people of Britain; he the Welsh Valleys’ firebrand on the Labour backbenches, who rose to become one of the greatest politicians this country has ever seen, and she the miner’s daughter from Fife who became a Socialist MP before she was old enough to vote. Together they navigated the turbulent world of politics to set up great British Institutions for the benefit of all - the National Health Service and the Open University.

Director of Nye & Jennie, and Theatr na nÓg Artistic Director Geinor Styles said;

"The running theme through all of our work as a company is to tell stories of inspirational characters, whether it be a large scale musical, show for schools or main stage drama. We wanted to tell the story of two extraordinary individuals, who both from humble origins succeeded in changing the lives of generations of ordinary people."

Tickets are now on sale at https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/theatre/nye-jennie

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