The Nightingales.

Ruth Jones

The Nightingales

A comedy by William Gaminara
Directed by Christopher Luscombe

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One of the UK’s best-loved stars, Ruth Jones makes her highly anticipated return to the stage in this witty, thought-provoking and bittersweet new play by William Gaminara.

Under the watchful eye of Steven, their choirmaster, Connie, Ben, Diane and Bruno gather every week in the village hall to practice their accomplished acapella singing. They are a motley crew, but whatever their differences, whatever the problems they may have at home, all are happily bound together in their shared love of music. Until one day Maggie knocks on the door. . . Soon she is urging them to enter Talentfest, a potentially life-changing route to Britain’s Got Talent. In the weeks that follow, loyalties will be tested, tempers will fray and lives will indeed be changed – but not in the way that any of them had quite anticipated.

The part of Maggie provides a compelling role for Ruth Jones, best known as the co-writer of the award-winning BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey, in which she starred as Nessa. Other acting credits include Jimmy McGovern's The Street, Little Britain, Saxondale, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Little Dorrit and Hattie Jacques in Hattie. Her most recent comedy series, Stella, ran for six series on Sky Television. Her debut novel, Never Greener, is a Sunday Times number one bestseller.

William Gaminara is an actor and writer, who recently appeared at Chichester in An Enemy of the People and is perhaps best known for playing Leo Dalton in Silent Witness from 2002 - 2013, and Dr Richard Locke in The Archers. His plays include According to Hoyle and The Three Lions. Writing for TV includes This Life and The Lakes.

Christopher Luscombe’s productions include Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (Festival 2016), Twelfth Night for The RSC, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Nell Gwynn for Shakespeare’s Globe and in the West End, and Enjoy, When We Are Married and The Madness of George III. He is an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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Cast & Creatives


  • Ruth Jones

  • Stefan Adegbola

  • Sarah Earnshaw

  • Philip McGinley

  • Mary Stockley

  • Steven Pacey


Creative Team

William Gaminara


Christopher Luscombe


Jonathan Fensom


Nick Richings

Lighting Designer

Jason Barnes

Sound Designer

Luke Bateman

Musical Director


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Running Time
2 hours and 20 minutes including the interval