Stones in His Pockets for King’s

Jan 29 2019 | By More

Comedy replaces Mockingbird in April

Marie Jones’ Olivier Award-winning comedy Stones in His Pockets is to fill the gap in the Edinburgh King’s schedule left by the shock cancellation of To Kill A Mockingbird.

The new touring production stars Owen Sharpe and Kevin Trainor. They take on all the characters in the thought-provoking and witty play, which will be directed by Lindsay Posner for The Rose Theatre Kingston and Theatre Royal Bath.

Stones in His Pockets Promo Pic

The production previews in Kingston from the end of February, opening in Bath in March. It will play the Edinburgh King’s from Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 April 2019.

The two-hander is set in a small village in rural Ireland, which is turned upside down when a major Hollywood film studio descends to make a historical blockbuster on location.

Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn are the local likely lads employed as extras along with numerous other locals. As cultures clash, it becomes clear that Tinseltown’s romanticised dream of Ireland is a long, long way from reality.

Sharpe and Trainor will have all of 15 characters to portray as they create a whole film set in Southwest Ireland where film star Caroline Giovanni is filming Hollywood period drama, The Quiet Man, complete with all the trimmings and extras.


It’s more than raw comedy, however, although there is plenty to be had in the creation of the likes of Simon, the assistant director and his ambitious assistant Angela, or even Miss Giovanni herself.

There is a tragedy at its heart, in the incident which gives the play its name. And, potentially, some serious questions to be asked about the nature of the film industry, and the conflicting characters of Ireland as a nation.

The play began life at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast in 1996 and eventually went on tour arriving at the Traverse during the fringe in 1999. After a brief run in Dublin it transferred to London and eventually made the West End where it stayed for three years, winning the Olivier for Best Comedy in 2001.

It was last seen at the King’s in 2005, when the touring production took on panto favourites Andy Gray and Allan Stewart for its Scottish dates.

Stones in His Pockets replaces To Kill A Mockingbird, which was due to play the King’s from Monday 1 to Saturday 6 April 2019. As reported in our news story, Mockingbird Pulled, the full tour has had to be cancelled following threats of litigation from the American rights holders.


Stones In His Pockets
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ.
 Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 April 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm; Matinees Wed & Sat: 2.30pm.
Tickets and details: Book here.

The script is available from Amazon. Click image for details:


Stones In His Pockets on tour 2019:
Thurs 28th Feb – Sat 9 March 2019 Kingston
Rose Theatre Kingston
020 8174 0090 Book online
Mon 11 – Sat 16 March 2019 Bath
Theatre Royal
01225 448844 Book online
Mon 18 2019 – Sat 23 March 2019 Liverpool
0151 709 4776 Book online
Mon 25 – Sat 30 March 2019 Southampton
Nuffield Southampton Theatres
023 8067 1771 Book online
Tue 2 – Sat 6 April 2019 Edinburgh
Kings Theatre
0131 529 6000 Book online
Mon 8 – Sat 13 April 2019 Dublin
Gaiety Theatre
0818 719388 Book online
Mon 15 – Sat 20 April 2019 Belfast
Grand Opera House
02890 241919 Book online
Mon 22 – Sat 27 April 2019 Malvern
Festival Theatre
01684 892277 Book online
Tue 7 – Sat 11 May 2019 Mold
Theatre Clwyd
01352 701521 Book online
Mon 13 – Sat 18 May 2019 Eastbourne
Devonshire Park Theatre
01323 412 000 Book online
Mon 27 May – Sat 1 June 2019 Cambridge
Arts Theatre
01223 503333 Book online
Mon 10 – Sat 15 June 2019 Cardiff
New Theatre
029 2087 8889 Book online
Mon 24 – Sat 29 June Guildford
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
01483 44 00 00 Book online
Mon 8 – Sat 13 July Oxford
01865 305305 Book online
Mon 15 – Sat 20 July Darlington
01325 405405 Book online
Mon 22 – Sat 27 July Nottingham
Theatre Royal
0115 989 5555 Book online
Tue 29 July – Sat 3 Aug Brighton
Theatre Royal
0844 871 7650 Book online


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