Director Nikolai Foster discusses reviving Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing

Beautiful Thing

Jonathan Harvey
Arts Theatre
Directed by Nikolai Foster

Beautiful Thing director Nikolai Foster discusses his 2013 revival of Jonathan Harvey's bold 1993 play.

Nikolai discusses how his time in drama school shaped his interest in becoming a director, working under celebrated director Michael Grandage, and living up to the expectations of an audience for whom Beautiful Thing was an important part of their adolescence.

Production duration: 25 min 57 sec

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    Unique high-definition films of leading British theatre productions.

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    Making Theatre

    Exclusive behind-the-scenes documentaries and interiews with professinal theatre makers.

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    Dynamic study guides featuring detail on character, language, themes and context.

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    Teaching Support

    Filmed practical theatre workshops that reveal text in practice, with supporting written material.

Cast & creative team


  • Sandra
    Suranne Jones
  • Leah
    Zaraah Abrahams
  • Tony
    Oliver Farnworth
  • Ste
    Danny-Boy Hatchard
  • Jamie
    Jake Davies


  • Jonathan Harvey
  • Nikolai Foster
  • Colin Richmond
  • George Dennis
    Sound Designer
  • David Plater
    Lighting Designer