New Wolsey Theatre – What A Carve Up! – Online World Premier

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Date(s) - 31/10/2020 - 29/11/2020
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New Wolsey Theatre – Lawrence Batley Theatre – Barn Theatre

What A Carve Up! by Henry Filloux-Bennett


The Barn Theatre in Cirencester, the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield and the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich have today announced the full cast for the digital world premiere of Henry Filloux-Bennett’s online play What A Carve Up!, based on Jonathan Coe’s critically acclaimed satirical novel.

The play, which will be available internationally, will run from 31 October – 29 November 2020. Tickets can be purchased at with audience members receiving a screening link which will activate at their booked performance time for a 48-hour period. A premium option, consisting of a physical programme and pre-theatre dining recipe card, will be available for UK residents. 

The murder mystery is written by Henry Filloux-Bennett (Nigel Slater’s Toast), based on the award-winning novel by Jonathan Coe, directed by Tamara Harvey (Home, I’m Darling) with Harry Smith (Henry V, Private Peaceful) as sound designer and composer, Annie May Fletcher as production coordinator and Holly Piggott as set designer. 

Jonathan Coe said of the new adaptation, “I’m thrilled that What a Carve Up! is being brought to the stage by such a talented and experienced team. It’s twenty-five years since I wrote the book but unfortunately its political satire seems as relevant as ever – I’m sure the new adaptation will capture that, as well as the novel’s sense of fun and irreverence. I’m looking forward to getting to know it again!”

The digital production, directed by Tamara Harvey (Home, I’m Darling), chronicles the events leading up to the ‘Winshaw Murders’. Filled with murder, mayhem and madness, the murder mystery turns a satirical eye on what it is like to be a member of one of the most corrupt, powerful and toxic families in the country.

Tamara Harvey said of the announced casting, “There are some casts so dazzling that my job, as a director, is to not get in the way. This is one of them. My only sadness, of course, is that we don’t get to be in the rehearsal room together. But the fact that these brilliant actors have all agreed to create this piece to raise money for regional theatres is one of the ways we’re all still fighting to ensure that there will still be rehearsals rooms across the country, somewhere, somehow, in our future.”

The recipe card included in the premium option will be curated by world-renowned chef Asma Khan. Owner of the prestigious Darjeeling Express in London’s Soho, Asma Khan was the first British chef to be profiled on Netflix’s award-winning documentary series Chef’s Table and in 2019 was named number one on Business Insider’s “100 Coolest People in Food and Drink” list.

A portion of the proceeds raised by What A Carve Up! will be donated to a freelance fund to support the creative workforce that the theatres would not be able to survive without. 

The production is kindly supported by Blackmagic Design.



Co-production by Barn Theatre, Lawrence Batley Theatre & New Wolsey Theatre

Based on the award-winning novel by Jonathan Coe 

Dates: 31 October – 29 November 2020
See website for tickets and performance times

Writer: Henry Filloux-Bennett   Director: Tamara Harvey

Catrin Aaron ◆ Jonathan Bailey ◆ Jamie Ballard ◆ Samuel Barnett ◆ Robert Bathurst

         Fiona Button ◆ Sharon D. Clarke ◆ Jack Dixon  Alfred Enoch ◆ Rebecca Front 

         Stephen Fry ◆ Julian Harries ◆ Celia Imrie ◆ Sir Derek Jacobi ◆ Griff Rhys Jones

         Dervla Kirwan ◆ James McNicholas ◆ Lizzie Muncey Tamzin Outhwaite 

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