Two’s Company presents the World Première of
The Cutting of the Cloth
by Michael Hastings
‘Suffused with emotional truth…This finely constructed play about life on Savile Row feels like a loving evocation of Fifties London but is still resonant today’ Evening Standard
‘ A long overdue premiere. Lovingly detailed staging…the play’s central arguments about progress remain as keen as ever.’ Financial Times
‘ A bespoke premiere, brilliantly handled… Idiosyncratic, human, funny and sad.’ Libby Purves, TheatreCat
‘Tricia Thorns’s beautifully staged, finely acted production makes one amazed that it has never before been staged. A beautiful play given a production that couldn’t be bettered. It deserves to be seen much more widely but catch it now while you can.’ British Theatre Guide
The work-room of a Savile Row tailors, 1953. Two master craftsmen at daggers drawn: Polish-born Spijak insists that nothing can beat the excellence of a hand-sewn suit, while Eric uses his machine to work at twice the speed and earn twice the money. Sparks fly as each fights his own corner with biting wit and vicious humour. Into this battleground steps Maurice, a teenager at the very start of his apprenticeship. Will he survive the gruelling training to become a master tailor? Or will he, as Spijak’s daughter urges him to, escape?
Michael Hastings (1937-2011) was one of the Royal Court’s ‘Angry Young Men’ whose wide-ranging career in theatre, TV and film included such successes as Tom and Viv, Gloo Joo, For The West and Calico. The Cutting of the Cloth, drawn so much from his youthful experience as an apprentice tailor, has lain in a drawer. Now Two’s Company brings it rampaging on to the stage.
Image: Jon Bradfield (from photos by Oksana Churakova and Vitaly Korovin/Dreamstime). Generously supported by The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK and the Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation.
Andy de la Tour
Alexis Caley Recently seen at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Fatal Encounter and Vienna’s English Theatre in Key For Two. She also recently finished a feature film My Lonely Me and TV pilot Donald Newman. Other theatre includes Chicago, Changing Rooms, Don’t Dress for Dinner, and Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads.
Andy de la Tour Appearances on television including episodes of Holby City, Waking the Dead, The Brief, as well as Kavanagh QC and King and Castle for which he also wrote the scripts. His film appearances have included Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist, Notting Hill, 44” Chest and soon to be released Dough with Jonathan Pryce. Theatre includes The Last Yankee at the Print Room, Lay Down Your Cross at the Hampstead Theatre, Alan Bennett’s People and Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land for the National Theatre as well as the premiere of Harold Pinter’s Celebration at the Almeida Theatre and Lincoln Centre, New York. Andy was also well known as one of the original performers in the new comedy scene of the 1980s, appearing on TV in episodes of shows such as The Young Ones, Bottom and Lenny Henry Live. He recently returned to stand-up comedy with a live show in New York and at the Edinburgh Festival, Stand-Up or Die.
James El-Sharawy A graduate of the Rose Bruford School, James has made appearances in, among others, Scattered at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Days of Significance at the Unicorn and A Hard Rain at Above The Stag, in which he was also directed by Tricia Thorns.
Paul Rider Is often seen at Shakespeare’s Globe – Julius Caesar, Dr Scroggy’s War, The Knight of the Burning Pestle, The Duchess of Malfi and many more. His varied career has seen him at the Lyric Hammersmith in Comedians, at the Soho Theatre with Plymouth’s Chekhov in Hell, on the 2013 tour of Hairspray, playing Shylock in The Merchant of Venice in Derby, as well as many West End roles. On TV you will have seen him in Doc Martin, Dinnerladies, Victoria Wood With All The Trimmings, Murder Most Horrid amongst others. Films include A Cock and Bull Story and Topsy Turvy, and he has recorded over 60 plays for BBC Radio.
Abigail Thaw On your TV screens for the last two years as Dorothea Frazil in Endeavour,(and about to start filming series 3 in March) Abigail has done a lot more TV, most recently Black Mirror, Midsomer Murders and Poirot, and film including Inbetweeners 2 as well as masses of theatre, including a No 1 tour of Ladies in Lavender, The Firewatchers at the Old Red Lion for which she was nominated as Best Actress for the OffWestEnd Awards, Juliet and her Romeo at Bristol Old Vic, Entertaining Angels at Chichester and on tour, and The Arab-Israeli Cookbook at the Tricycle and the Gate.