The Flint Street Nativity

by Tim Firth

directed by Steve Grist

ACE Centre - Nelson 30th November - 3rd December, 2011


Paul Thompson
Anne Chadwick
Wise Man Gold
Lynne Atkinson
Angela Boult
Laura Yates
Star of Bethlehem/Ass
Gary Leonard
Gillian Fontaine
Ken Entwistle
Steve Cooke
Wise Man Frankincense
Wayne Brankin
Production Photographs - click here
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Production Team

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Producers: Elizabeth Dixon & Martin Chadwick
Stage Manager: Ed Holley
Set Design: Richard I'Anson
Set Construction: The Garrick Team
Sound and Lighting: Chris Storey
Props: Kath Riley, Madeline Masters, Heather Whittam
Furniture Design & construction: Martin Chadwick, Chris Thornber
Costumes: Anne Dunlop and Frances Singleton
Prompt - Jane Elsbey
Get/in out coordinator: Marilyn Jones
Photographs & Programme: David Lewis
Programme & Poster Logo: Noreen Lobo
Front of House: David Baxter and the Garrick Team

The grateful thanks of the Garrick is extended to all those willing helpers who have created drawings, animals, decorations, and a variety of hand props, and to all those willing hands behind the scenes who have helped in any way.

About Tim Firth - Playwright

tfTim Firth grew up writing songs, worked very hard to get to Cambridge, then stopped working hard and spent all his time writing plays, which were usually directed by a young Sam Mendes. On leaving college, the playwright Alan Ayckbourn gave him his first commission for a play, Neville’s Island, which went into the West End and then round the world.

Tim lives with Katy, Jack, Joe and Georgia on the edge of Delamere Forest in the North West of England, the place where he was born, and where his gran, by the way, was in the Women’s Institute. Her name was May Wilkinson. A certain trophy in the play is named after her.

Tim Firth first came to the attention of theatregoers with the worldwide hit comedy Neville's Island. and to television viewers with the 1994 series All Quiet on the Preston Front. On stage he went on to win the Olivier for his musical Our House, and on television to win awards and plaudits for works including Neville's Island, The Flint Street Nativity, Cruise Of The Gods and children's series The Rottentrolls. Tim's first two feature films were released in 2003. Calendar Girls starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters went to number one in the UK, becoming one of the most successful British films of all time and one of the top fifty grossing films in UK cinema history. Blackball, starring Paul Kaye and Vince Vaughn reached number three in the UK charts as did his third film, Kinky Boots starring Chiwitel Ejiofor and Joel Egerton.

In 2004 Tim released a solo album, Harmless Flirting, completing a tour of words and music, with fellow playwright, Willy Russell which won wonderful reviews at the Edinburgh Festival.

During two successive Christmas runs, the stage version of The Flint Street Nativity at the Liverpool Playhouse became the most successful production in the theatre's history, breaking box office records.

Sign of the Times, starring Stephen Tompkinson and Tom Shaw, an expanded version of a 1 act play A Man of Letters, toured the UK in early 2009 before opening in London.

Calendar Girls, which wowed the audiences across the country during its 2008/09 tour, and in the process broke the all time British box office record for a play also continued to sell out during its West End residency. By 2010 the stage show had surpassed the box office takings of the hugely successful 2003 film which starred Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, and is the most successful play ever to tour the UK. The show has grossed over £21 million during its tour across the country. The Calendar Girls message has also crossed continents and has played successfully in Athens, Norway, Australia, Denmark, Finland, Russia and has also been seen in Poland and Germany.

In March 2010, Tim was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Literature by the University of Chester.