Theatre Royal Haymarket

Daytona to transfer in June 2014

Thursday, March 20th, 2014


We are delighted to announce that Maureen Lipman, Harry Shearer and Oliver Cotton will star in the West End premiere of Oliver Cotton’s Daytona.

Directed by David Grindley, Daytona will open with performances on the 28th of June 2014 and will complete its strictly limited 8 week run on the 23rd of August 2014

Daytona received its world premiere at London’s Park Theatre in 2013 to critical acclaim and this production marks our first collaboration with an off West End theatre venue.

Daytona is a gripping, funny and poignant play with not one but two love stories at its heart.  Set in New York in 1986, Joe and Elli share a love of ballroom dancing and are practising their routines for the next big competition.  Despite constant bickering, the love they have shared for nearly fifty years is clear. Then one night, out of the blue, Joe’s long-lost brother Billy bursts back into their lives with an extraordinary story to tell. 


‘Oliver Cotton’s new play finds the much-loved Maureen Lipman in first-rate form. It is a gripping story, powerfully told and excellently performed’

Daily Telegraph

Daytona stars theatre legend Maureen Lipman, who will be making her Theatre Royal Haymarket debut in the role of Elli. Maureen’s extensive credits include Oklahoma! at the National Theatre, A Little Night Music  for the Menier Chocolate Factory and When We Are Married in the West End.  

 Making his West End stage debut, Harry Shearer is known to millions as the voice of many different characters for The Simpsons, most notably as Mr Burns, Principle Skinner and Ned Flanders.

They are joined by the writer of Daytona, Oliver Cotton as Billy. Oliver’s theatre writing credits include The Enoch Show for the Royal Court, Scrabble for the National Theatre and Man Falling Down for Shakespeare’s Globe.

Directed by David Grindley, who’s more recent directing credits include Journey’s End, West End, on tour and on Broadway, Kafka’s Dick, Pygmalion, The American Plan and Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell  all for the Theatre Royal Bath, Outings at the Guilded Balloon, A Steady Rain at the Bath Ustinov Studio, Our Boys at the Duchess Theatre, Copenhagen for Sheffield Theatres and Six Degrees of Separation for the Old Vic.

Daytona is produced in the West End by TRH Productions, Lee Dean and Jenny Topper in association with Park Theatre.

 To book your tickets and to see all the listings information see here.

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