A razor-sharp new comedy with Nick Hancock, star of West End hit An Evening with Gary Lineker and host of iconic TV shows, Room 101 and They Think It’s All Over.

by Jack Milner and Mark Stevenson 

Co-produced with Belgrade Theatre Coventry

Meet Seymour, the safest man in Britain. An insurance consultant who wears a belt and braces (and another belt, just to be sure). He’s in last chance saloon, and everything rests on this one important conference call. What could possibly go wrong? Enter Marvin, a bungling burglar with bad knees…

With Seymour’s highly neurotic actress wife Gloria awaiting news on a star TV role, the burglar’s psychopathic crime boss around the corner, and a share of the £30 billion insurance market at stake, will our heroes and their octopus get out alive? 

Octopus Soup! will have you crying with laughter. Don’t miss out!

The Team
Producers: Simon Fielder and Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Director: Joe Harmston 
Casting: Kate Plantin
Designer: Anthony Lamble
Lighting: Rob Casey
The Cast 
Insurance consultant  Nick Hancock 
His actress wife Carolyn Backhouse 
Marvin: Burglar 
Paul Bradley
Virginia: Boss of G.I.T Gillian Bevan
Alan: Underworld boss Eric Richard
Terry:  An octopus


2nd -16th Belgrade Theatre Coventry
19th - 23rd Blackpool Grand Theatre
26th Feb - 2nd March Darlington Hippodrome

19th - 23rd Portsmouth Kings Theatre
26th - 30th Eastbourne Devonshire Park

1st - 6th Windsor Theatre Royal
9th - 13th Cardiff New Theatre
15th - 20th Malvern Festival Theatre
23rd - 27th Swansea Grand Theatre
30th - 4th May Guildford Yvonne Arnaud


An opportunity to invest in Octopus Soup!

A message from Simon Fielder
For twenty-six years I have produced shows all over the world. I have always worked to make theatre accessible to people who might not otherwise attend, supporting new writing and introducing new audiences. We know that theatre is not just for the clever, the well-educated, and the well off. But I believe that many people worry that it is not for them and that they will feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, out of place and probably won’t enjoy what’s on anyway. By supporting new writing and working to attract new audiences, we will hopefully keep our theatre thriving long into the future."
If you would like to help support our work by investing in the forthcoming production, we have an investment pack available. Please send me an email to simon@simonfielder.com and I would be delighted to send it to you.

Octopus Soup! is a really funny new comedy fronted by Nick Hancock. We are delighted to announce that he is joined in the cast by Eric Richard, who played Desk Sergeant Bob Cryer in The Bill for 17 years and Paul Bradley who, for 6 years, was Nigel Bates in EastEnders. We are lucky enough to have the wonderful Gillian Bevan, who has starred in many theatre and TV productions including Teachers and Doctors and the equally lovely Carolyn Backhouse, who appeared in The Bill and Coronation Street



Thursday 11th October

Malvern Festival Theatre

Box Office: 01684 892 277

Friday 12th October

Paignton Palace Theatre

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Saturday 13th October

Monmouth Savoy Theatre

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Sunday 14th October

Melksham Assembly Hall

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Sunday 21st October

Hunstanton Princess Theatre

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Friday 26th October

Shrewsbury Walker Theatre

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Saturday 27th October

Horsham The Capitol

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