A courtroom drama which has captivated London’s West End is coming to town.
Twelve Angry Men is calling at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal from June 15 to 20.
Thought of as one of the greatest movies of all time, the story, by Reginald Rose, originated as a television play and was made into an Academy Award-nominated film in 1957.
It follows the story of the 12 jurors who have murder on their minds – and a life in their hands – as they decide the fate of a young delinquent accused of killing his father.
Gareth David-Lloyd stars in the play as Juror Number 12 alongside the likes of Oscar nominee Tom Conti and former Coronation Street star Frank Foster.
Gareth, best known for his role as Ianto Jones in Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, said: “I started out doing theatre but hadn’t been on stage for about eight or nine years and I’ve really missed the intimacy of it.
“It’s a totally different ball game filming something and having to wait until the end for a response, and getting it right there and then from your audience.
“There’s an adrenaline you get from theatre that you just don’t get when you’re filming.
“The characters don’t have names and we’re only identified by our juror numbers and our jobs.
“That’s the great thing about this play, these 12 men coming from different backgrounds and classes and being brought together in this way.
“My character is an ad executive who’s quite clever and quite happy-go-lucky, but a little bit green in the ways of the world.
“He goes on a real journey throughout the play though and he learns a lot by the end.”
Gareth says he looks back on his days in sci-fi show Torchwood fondly.
He said: “It feels great to have been a part of such a cult show. I was a huge fan of shows like the X-Files and being part of a show with a following like that was brilliant.
“There’s even a shrine for Torchwood in Cardiff Bay, where we filmed the show, which is very overwhelming but also a little strange.
“I still get together with the guys and we see each other at conventions quite a lot.” He added: “Touring and being away from the family can be tough but I’ve got to see a lot more of the country than I ever have before.
“I’ve never been to Newcastle before, the closest I’ve been is Durham, so I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve heard great things.”
•Tickets cost from £14. To book, go to www.theatreroyal.co.uk or call the box office on 08448 112 121.
•We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away for the opening night show on June 15 at 7.30pm. To be in with a chance of winning, just tell us the name of Gareth’s character in Torchwood. Email your answer and contact details to Katy.Wheeler@jpress.co.uk.
Closing date: June 11.