The Assembly Rooms Theatre, in partnership with our resident theatre company Elysium Theatre are thrilled to announce the northern premiere of ‘Jesus Hoped The ‘A’ Train.’

Fresh from their premiere of ‘Days of Wine and Roses’, Elysium Theatre are now taking on acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis work.

Angel Cruz is standing trial for shooting the Reverend Kim in the ass; Reverend Kim later died. Lucius Jenkins is on appeal, trying to avoid the death penalty for the murder of eight people. For one hour each day, both men share adjacent cages on Rikers Island, New York’s top security prison. Then one day they get talking.


‘Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train’ premiered in New York in 2000, in a production directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. It then transferred to the Donmar Warehouse in 2002 where it was nominated for an Olivier Award.

Elysium Theatre, founded by Jake Murray and Danny Solomon, aims to present Northern premieres of plays from around the world, new work of our own and exciting reworking of classics across the region. They are currently the Company in Residence here alongside Durham Student Theatre and offer workshops, masterclasses and shadowing opportunities for the university society.

We are thrilled to be hosting the first night of ‘Jesus Hoped The ‘A’ Train’ – right here in The Assembly Rooms Theatre! ‘Jesus Hoped The ‘A’ Train,’ staring Danny Solomon, Faz Singhateh, Alice Bryony Frankham, Alastair Smith and Garth Williams, is being performed for one night only on the 14th May before it transfers to HOME. Don’t miss out – get your tickets now.


Tickets available online HERE

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