Stroke of Luck

by Larry Belling

produced by The Park Theatre

Set and Costume design by Bob Bailey
Lighting Design by James Whiteside
Sound Design by Theo Holloway

Production photographs taken by Simon Kane


The Telegraph
“Kate Golledge’s production, neatly designed by Bob Bailey, undoubtedly holds the audience’s attention throughout, and at its best Stroke of Luck proves both darkly comic and genuinely touching.” – Charles Spencer

The Guardian
“Tim Pigott-Smith invests the hero with the right blend of mischief and manipulation and suggests that even senior citizens are entitled to a measure of devilry.” – Michael Billington

The Times (Paywall)
“The first act is gently amusing, but Kate Golledge’s production comes into it’s own in the sadder second half. Popped up in his bed, Pigott-Smith makes palpable this man’s love, frustration and regret as he confronts his errant clan. It’s wonderfully moving.” – Dominic Maxwell

What’s On Stage
“It’s a carefully plotted piece, and nicely judged in Kate Golledge’s production. A pleasant surprise.” – Michael Coveney

The Stage
“Funny and touching… a perceptive, full-bloodied depiction of the life of a stroke victim that stays firmly away from the mawkish – a combination of Belling’s mature writing and Pigott-Smith’s electric performance.” – Jonathan Lovett

British Theatre Guide
“As well as delighting the audience with his creation of character, Pigott-Smith presents an exemplary embodiment of how to play comedy and Kate Golledge directs without ever drawing attention to her workwomanship.” – Howard Loxton.

The Independent
“The excellent Tim Piggott-Smith radiates jaunty mischief as the scheming Lester who declares that only the left side of his penis is paralysed.” – Paul Taylor

Theatre Cat
“Kate Golledge’s direction offers decent obfuscation. Tt’s a good yarn with an honest heart, and Pigott-Smith is a treat.” – Libby Purves

Islington Gazette
“Directed with pace by Kate Golledge, this play is hilarious entertainment for a dreary February evening and gives plenty of food for reflection.” – Jill Truman

Monkey Matters Theatre
“Camouflaged within this jolly two hours with Tim Piggott-Smith clearly relishing the playful role of Lester, are serious issues. A solid cast blooms under Kate Golledge’s affectionate direction.” – Shyama Perrera

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