Snapdragon Productions in association with Park Theatre presents


by Richard Bean

“Like a latter-day Ibsen but with rather better jokes… Constantly compelling.”
Daily Telegraph ★★★★

"Bean’s characters are soft as baps under their tough crusts, and get superb turns from Matt Sutton’s chippy striver, John Wark’s ebullient outsider and especially Matthew Kelly’s dough-spattered veteran, stumbling into his break like a yeti emerging from the flour bins."
Sunday Times ★★★★

“This, my friends, is the year of the Bean – playwright Richard Bean.”
Time Out ★★★★

“A great British bake-off indeed."
The Times ★★★★

"It is, indubitably, a fine piece of work: a tender, ambivalent portrait of working class men raging against the dying of the light, and a script Bean will have a job of bettering in 2014."
Time Out ★★★★

“A fine revival of Richard Bean's first play reminds us of his prowess from the off."
The Stage ★★★★

“That superb actor Matthew Kelly is mesmerising as old Nellie, a broken-down employee of the factory battered into submission by years of hard graft.”
Daily Telegraph ★★★★

“All the performances come to vivid life, and the play’s mixture of robust humour and sudden moments of tense drama proves constantly compelling.”
Guardian ★★★★

“The idea of factory work as both a curse and a blessing emerges strongly in one astonishing moment in Eleanor Rhode’s production.”
Guardian ★★★★

“All of Bean’s characters are sharply and affectionately observed, and beautifully played in Eleanor Rhode’s production for Snapdragon.” 
What’s on Stage 

Matthew Kelly is excellent as the ponderous, shambling Walter… Alone on the set at the play’s crisis point, he creates a mood of tense panic with just his wordless cries.”
The Arts Desk ★★★★

"An excellent reminder of where one of the UK's most prolific playwrights began."
The Arts Desk ★★★★

"The delicacy of existence, the need for belonging, fear of the unknown and the importance of companionship are themes explored during fag breaks. Toast is an ode to Great British theatre and mere mortals everywhere."
The Upcoming ★★★★

"Richard Bean's dough, as ever, rises beautifully (Eleanor Rhode directs with clarity and pace). But it's definitely wholegrain stuff, chewy, with nourishment."
Theatre Cat ★★★★