Toast (play)

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Written by Richard Bean
Walter Nelson (Nellie)
Date premiered1999
Original language English
SettingThe canteen of a bread factory

Toast is a play written in 1999 by English playwright Richard Bean. It premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London in 1999. [1] The play tells the story of seven men who all work in a bread factory in Hull. One Sunday night, Nellie is so worn down from a lifetime making dough, he loses his vest in the mix.


Original Cast

2007 Revival

March 2007 at Hull Truck Theatre, Directed by Gareth Tudor-Price.

2014 Revival

August 2014 at The Park Theatre, Directed by Eleanor Rhode for Snapdragon Productions.

On 9 September 2015 it was announced that Snapdragon Productions's 2014 revival would embark on a UK Tour and transfer to the Brits off Broadway Festival in 2016 with Kieran Knowles taking over the role of Dezzie. [2]

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  1. Richard Bean - complete guide to the Playwright and Plays
  2. BWW News Desk. "Snapdragon Productions Sets Full UK Touring Cast of TOAST". Retrieved 2019-01-30.