Scrubs star makes UK stage debut

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The UK premiere of brand new comedy All New People is set to hit Manchester’s Opera House on February 8 to 11, 2012. Written by and starring American actor Zach Braff, best known for his role as JD in TV comedy Scrubs, All New People is described by the New York Times as “sensationally funny.”

After Manchester, the play will stop at Glasgow’s King’s Theatre on February 14 for four days, before heading to The Duke of York’s Theatre in London on February 22 for 10 weeks.

The story sees Charlie (Zach Braff) feeling desperately low on his 35th birthday at his friends’ luxury Long Beach Island apartment. But his perfect escape is interrupted by a motley parade of misfits who show up and change his plans. A hired beauty, a fireman, and an eccentric British real estate agent desperately trying to stay in the country all find themselves tangled together in the beach house, while Charlie just wishes they’d leave and let him get on with it.

Braff is also known for his feature film writing and directorial debut, Garden State, which won him numerous awards and nominations. His role on Scrubs earned him a nomination for a 2005 Primetime Emmy Award and three Golden Globe awards.

The play will be directed by Peter DuBois, who was awarded the Callaway Award for excellence in directing from the Society of Stage Directors, and recently won the Elliot Norton Award for best production from the Boston Theatre Critics Association. Earlier this year DuBois directed Becky Shaw at the Almeida Theatre, which was nominated for an Evening Standard Theatre Award.

Further casting has not yet been announced.

Tickets are between £11 and £28.50, and there are discounts for groups of ten or more.

All New People is the latest in a string of UK premieres at the Opera House, as part of Ambassador Theatre Group’s Manchester Gets It First initiative, a scheme which has won the backing of the city council.

For group bookings, ring 0844 871 3038 or visit www.atgtickets.com/manchester