Can a one-night stand spark a long-term love?

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A tender and funny fledgling romance unfolds over one memorable night in a New York apartment in Frankie & Johnny In The Clair De Lune.

Written by Terrence McNally and directed by Paulette Randall, this production comes to the Minerva Theatre in Chichester on Thursday.

The two-character play stars Dervla Kirwan and Neil Stuke.

Frankie is a world-weary, guarded waitress who works with the wise-cracking chef Johnny. After spending the night together, Johnny refuses to go home.

He wants to persuade Frankie that their one-night stand could herald the start of a special relationship. She’s not so sure.

Can they dump the negative baggage of their past and give love a chance before the sun comes up?

Since it first premiered off-Broadway in 1987, Frankie & Johnny in the Clair De Lune has touched a chord with audiences around the world.

The production was subsequently adapted into a film starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino.

Kirwan has appeared in television shows Injustice, Casanova and Ballykissangel and has previously graced the stage in Chichester in a production of Uncle Vanya.

Stuke’s theatre credits include the recent New York premiere of Mike Bartlett’s Bull.

McNally’s has previously worked on the stage show Mothers and Sons, which received two Tony Award nominations after premiering earlier this year.

He has also worked on Master Class, the musical Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime.

Call 01243 781312 to book.