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Northern premiere of 'Jesus Hopped The A Train'

(9 May 2018)

The Assembly Rooms Theatre, in partnership with resident theatre company Elysium Theatre are thrilled to announce the northern premiere of ‘Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train.’

Fresh from their premiere of ‘Days of Wine and Roses’, Elysium Theatre are now taking on acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis work. This is the first time ‘Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train’ will be performed outside London by a professional company.

Angel Cruz is standing trial for shooting the Reverend Kim in the ass; Reverend Kim later died. Lucius Jenkins is on appeal, trying to avoid the death penalty for the murder of eight people. For one hour each day, both men share adjacent cages on Rikers Island, New York’s top security prison. Then one day they get talking.

‘Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train’ premiered in New York in 2000, in a production directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. It then transferred to the Donmar Warehouse in 2002 where it was nominated for an Olivier Award.

Elysium Theatre, founded by Jake Murray and Danny Solomon, aims to present Northern premieres of plays from around the world and exciting reworking of classics to Durham. They are currently the Company in Residence at the University’s Assembly Rooms Theatre alongside Durham Student Theatre offering workshops, masterclasses and shadowing opportunities.

We are thrilled to be hosting the premiere of ‘Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train’ in The Assembly Rooms Theatre! ‘Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train,’ performed for one night only on the 14th May before it transfers to Manchester.

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