Rehearsals get under way for Brassed Off

John McArdle and Andy Dunn in rehearsals

John McArdle and Andy Dunn in rehearsals

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Rehearsals are well under way for a new production of Brassed Off with John McArdle in the lead role of Danny at York Theatre Royal.

He is joined by Andy Dunn, of Dinnerladies and Corrie fame, as Phil and Clara Darcy as Gloria, the female surveyor who returns to her home town to conduct a feasibility study on the mine.

Directed by York Theatre Royal’s artistic director Damian Cruden, adapted by Paul Allen and based on the film of the same name by York writer-director Mark Herman, this production coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike of 1984.

It is 1992, Grimley Colliery faces the threat of closure and the future of the brass band seems uncertain. With the miners torn between redundancy packages and the picket lines, band-leader Danny’s hopes of winning the national brass band competition seems like a distant dream.

The arrival of flugelhorn-playing Gloria) brings hope, romance and controversy to the Yorkshire brass band on the brink of collapse.

Passionate, inspiring and featuring a live brass band playing a rousing score that includes Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez and Jerusalem - this funny and heart-warming drama is a celebration of human endeavour and community spirit.Brassed Off runs at the theatre from Friday 14 February to Saturday 1 March.