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Closed November 11, 2018

You don't need to know much of anything about billiards to get hooked into this witty play from prolific playwright Richard Bean

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Why See The Nap?

From The Author Of Broadway Smash One Man, Two Guvnors

While the target audience for a comedy about Snooker, the British version of Pool, may not seem to be a key theatre demographic, One Man, Two Guvnors playwright Richard Bean's delightfully eccentric romp converted many an audience and critic during its British run in 2016. The whip-smart send up now enjoys its American premiere during a strictly limited Broadway run at the Samuel J. Freidman Theatre this coming Fall.

Weaving together an ingenious plot, a colorful cast of off-the-wall characters and endlessly funny one-liners with topical themes of sport, class and corruption, Bean examines the history and mythology of the great game with poignant, often hilarious results. Watch as the stage transforms to replicate the annual World Snooker Championship replete with dazzling real-life trick shots, where young rising star Dylan Spokes faces a thrilling dilemma that dwarfs the snooker table.

What is The Nap About?

The farce opens a few days before Spokes biggest match. Sheffield's hottest new shot has just become the 107th ranked snooker player in the world, drawing the attention of his friends, family (including a dead beat dad) and some not so savoury characters. No sooner as Spokes is warned about match-fixing by the sport's powers at be, one-armed, transgender gangster Waxy Chuff muscles in, warning the young player to throw a key match in the upcoming championship. Spokes' sense of innocence and honour collide when Chuff threatens to kill his mother if he doesn't follow through...

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Previews from: 5 September 2018

Opening night: 27 September 2018

Run time

Two hours, 15 minutes with one intermission.

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Cast and Creative


Alexandra Billings
Johanna Day
Josh Ellison Conlee
Ahmed Aly Elsayed
Heather Lind
Max Gordon Moore
Bhavesh Patel 
Thomas Jay Ryan 
Ben Schnetzer 


Written by Richard Bean
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
Scenic design by David Rockwell
Costume design by Kaye Voyce
Lighting design by Justin Townsend
Sound design by Lindsay Jones

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