VenueUpstairs at the Gatehouse
TownInner London
CountyGreater London
From26th October 2021
To21st November 2021
WhenTue-Sat 19:30. Thu 15:00 (November only), Sun 16:00.
What is currently on at Upstairs at the Gatehouse (V1170)
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The Funny Girls

When Barbra Streisand was nineteen she was no superstar. She was sleeping on her mother's couch. Her step father was making nose jokes. She was working in a Chinese restaurant. In an attempt to get out of Brooklyn she has a dream: to act. Thus she finds herself in an off-off-off Broadway production. The play is lousy. The theatre is a shabby upstairs room. The woman playing her lesbian stalker? A recently divorced twenty four year old Joan Rivers. Joan is living with her parents. She wants to break out of her dull middle class life. Before she dreamed of being a comedian? She was going to be an actress. Thus she shares a shabby stage in a shabby theatre with the young, insecure Streisand. On this night Streisand's mother has come to see the show. Barbra knows her mother will criticise. She knows her mother will dump on her dreams. She is terrified to face her. It's up to Joan Rivers to talk her into going on stage: to become the star she will surely be. There is an agent in to see the show. It's Rivers' big chance. She will get Streisand on stage come hell or high water. Mayhem ensues. Fast forward ten years: Streisand is playing Vegas. She is a huge star. Rivers is now a hugely successful comedian. The toast of The Tonight Show. She comes to visit Barbra. Both believe they are the most talented Jewish woman on the planet. One of them is wrong....
Author Roy Smiles

Archive :: production:T01691577662, play:S889267029, venue:V1170

Production details


Director Michael Strassen
Performer Mia Tomlinson (Joan Rivers)
Performer Rosanna Harris (Barbra Streisand)
Lighting Andrew Exeter
Design Jean Gray
Sound Dan Samson
Producer Thomas Hopkins
Producer Debbie Chazen
Producer Guy Chapman

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