Tim Pigott-Smith and George Costigan return to Yorkshire

An Evening with G&T
Sunday 28 February 2016, 7.30pm
Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax

After a dry January, customers can enjoy a tipple with An Evening with G&T. Join Square Chapel patrons, actors George Costigan (Happy Valley; Rita, Sue and Bob Too; Shirley Valentine) and Tim Pigott-Smith (V For Vendetta, Johnny English, Gangs of New York) on Sunday 28 February, 7.30pm as they entertain audiences with a live performance of some of their favourite prose, plays, poetry and songs.

The duo will perform 26 pieces (an A-Z) including Alan Bennett, Randy Newman, Willy Russell, Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas, Dickens, Michael Frayn and Malcolm X to name just a few.

The evening will also include an exclusive short play written and directed by Yorkshire writer and fellow Square Chapel patron, Sally Wainwright(Last Tango in Halifax, Happy Valley and Scott & Bailey).

George Costigan, currently filming for Happy Valley series 2 directed by Sally Wainwright for BBC TV, and who is best known for starring in the hit 80s film Rita, Sue and Bob Too, said, ‘The very first television part I ever played was in Howard Springs’ “Fame is the Spur” back in 1982, co-starring with – Tim Pigott-Smith . . . The latest television part I’ve had is Nevison Gallagher in “Happy Valley” written by Sally Wainwright . . . That we are all three patrons of Square Chapel is – a very happy coincidence and I’m very pleased and looking forward to being back in Yorkshire with these two talented people.’

This is the first time the duo will have appeared on stage together and exclusively at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts for one night only!

The British classical stage and TV actor Tim Pigott-Smith, who won a BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his part in The Jewel in The Crown, will be heading to Square Chapel in Halifax, straight from playing the title role in the Broadway production of King Charles III, directed by Rupert Goold.

Tim is no stranger to Halifax, West Yorkshire. In 1989 he took over as Artistic Director of Compass Theatre based at Dean Clough. The theatre company was founded by Anthony Quayle with the mission to tour large scale classics to the regions. Tim also first appeared at Square Chapel in the early 90s with one of the first ever performances to launch the programme of events.

‘I am a great deal younger than George, but strangely, I did my first TV long before him, in 1971. Delicacy forbids me from revealing what that was, but Dr Who fans already know. Just after Fame is the Spur when we first met, I was filming Jewel in the Crown in Manchester and I went over to Liverpool to see George being stunning in the first production of Blood Brothers. I performed in the inaugural recital for the Square Chapel, and I am really pleased to be back here, with my old friend, and Sally, in support of this beautiful building,’ says Tim Pigott-Smith

Award-winning writer Sally Wainwright is known for using the Calderdale area for her work – the BBC TV series Last Tango in Halifax was filmed at Holdsworth House, her three part drama series Unforgiven and her smash hit BBC series Happy Valley, that won her the recent BAFTA awards for Best Writer and Best Television Drama Series, were also filmed in Calderdale.

Wainwright’s other writing credits include Scott & Bailey, At Home with the Braithwaites, Coronation Street, and Emmerdale, to name a few. She’s also penning a new feature-length literary drama for BBC1 – To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters, will be an original perspective on Charlotte, Anne and Emily and the increasingly fraught relationship with their brother Branwell.

Fans of Costigan and Pigott-Smith will also have the chance to get up close and personal with the actors who will join audience members in the Square Chapel bar after the show for a drink and an informal Q&A.

David McQuillan, Director of Square Chapel said: ‘We are very lucky to have such well-known and active patrons who are willing to give up their time to help raise funds for Square Chapel and its community. The Sally Wainwright in conversation event back in September 2015 was a sell-out and an event that raised just over £5,000. I’m really looking forward to An Evening with G&T – the audience is in for a real treat.’

After 10 years of planning, work has started on Square Chapel’s £6.6 million redevelopment project.The capital build will transform the venue by creating a new extension, level access to the main space and improved facilities for everyone who uses the centre. The space will include an intimate 108 seater multi-purpose cinema/studio theatre space for film screenings, performances and workshops; new dressing rooms, improved toilets; a dedicated space for its committed volunteers; and a café-bar. There will also be direct access into the Piece Hall’s new interpretation centre creating a seamless cultural quarter in the heart of Halifax.

An Evening with G&T is part of Square Chapel’s fundraising programme of events and is sponsored by Slingsby – The Spirit of Harrogate and Holdsworth House Hotel.

For more information and to book call the Box Office on 01422 349422 or visit squarechapel.co.uk.

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