Instantly recognisable as Simon from the TV series The Inbetweeners, Joe Thomas stars in the ferocious comedy What’s In a Name? which opens a five-night run at Lighthouse, Poole on Tuesday 31 March.
He’ll feature alongside fellow cast members Bo Poraj (Miranda, The Musketeers), Laura Patch (After Life, Star Stories), Louise Marwood (Emmerdale) and Alex Gaumond (Company, RSC’s Matilda: The Musical) in the much-praised production that toured last autumn.
Adapted and directed by Jeremy Sams from the award-winning French film and stage sensation, Le Prènom, by Matthew Delaporte and Alexandre de La Patellière, What’s In a Name? captures a particularly awkward family dinner party to which father-to-be Vincent and his partner Anna are invited by his sister Elizabeth and her husband, Peter. They are joined by childhood friend Carl for a mature and sophisticated gathering.
The meal is lovingly prepared and the wine carefully selected as the friends prepare for the usual humorous exchanges they’ve come to expect. But tonight, a startling revelation about the name chosen for Vincent and Anna’s expected child becomes the catalyst for a destructive argument that spirals hysterically out of control as egos, childish resentment and unspoken feelings are relentlessly and hilariously exposed for the first time.
Tickets & information can be found at www.lighthousepoole.co.uk or over the phone at 01202 280000.