Saturday Night at Café Red, the Frenchest chain restaurant in town – with plastic onions, checked tablecloths, and rustic Provencial paraphernalia to prove it.

But this is a night of change, of fresh ideas – visiting Celebrity Chef Extraordinaire Roly Ryan is in the kitchen whisking up trouble. How can he know his diners have also brought their own unusual ingredients to the table? An evening of love, of awkwardness, danger and mime. This tasty black comedy will surprise and delight. Bon Appétit.

A new play by Lily Bevan (Off West End nomination for Best Director). The play features a hilarious cast of 8, and 2 surprising French mimes.

Running time – 70 mins

Rehearsal Photos

The Press on Celebrity Night at Café Red

‘A classy, technically likeable exercise in polished surrealism’

Time Out Critic’s Choice ****

‘Few productions could be more suited to the intimate seating arrangements of Trafalgar Studios than ‘Celebrity Night at Café Red’, a polished comedy written and directed by Lily Bevan, and set in the cramped interior of a tacky French bistro.

Bevan’s show confidently blends together disparate comic styles, from the surreal mimes, to the confident stand-up approach, as well as every shade of awkward romcom humour in between…

…Bevan deserves real credit for pulling out a spirited, funny play.’

Time Out ****

The show is described as an evening of love, awkwardness, danger and mime. This sums up the show perfectly as the show is indeed full of love, awkwardness, danger and mime. Lily Bevan’s script is genius, the jokes do not stop coming. A minute didn’t go by without an audience member bursting into fits of uncontrollable laughter.

West End Frame

Celebrity Night at Cafe Red is an entertaining romp of a comedy.

Hackney hive

It’s likely that after watching Lily Bevan’s new play you’ll never look at squirrels in quite the same way again.

The Telegraph

Lily Bevan
is Artistic Director of Osip Theatre and has written, produced and directed work at venues including Trafalgar Studios, the King’s Head Theatre, the Old Red Lion Theatre, the Latitude Festival and Playwrights Horizons, New York. Lily co-wrote, produced and appeared in the sell out Christmas show Stephen and The Sexy Partridge at Trafalgar Studios for a six week run during Christmas 2009. Lily trained at RADA and has worked extensively as an actress in London and on tour in the UK including work at the Donmar Warehouse, the Wyndham’s Theatre and with Shared Experience.

Café Red is on facebook and Twitter @lilybevan or #cafered


Written and Directed by Lily Bevan
Assistant Producer/
Assistant Stage Manager Emma Pritchard
Assistant Director Hamish Macdougall
Movement Director Jeremy Stockwell
Lighting Designer Christopher Nairne
Set Designer Giuseppe Belli
Costume Designer Emma Belli
Sound Designer Emma Laxton
Trafalgar Studios Stage Manager/
Props Designer Ben Mills
RADA Stage Manager Sarah Tryfan
Web/Poster Design Tracey Hudd
Production Assistant Phoebe Eclair
Marketing Assistant Jemma Gross
Props Assistant Sophia Manske


Joseph Kloska – Roly Ryan
Freddie Machin – Maitre D’
Loren O’Dair – Le Mime
Pandora Colin – Lizzy
Victoria Lloyd – Brianca
Jeany Spark – Lucy
Jessie Burton – Sabine
James Rastall – Ben
Wendy Nottingham – Lois
Martin Turner – David
Lily Bevan – Hillary
Jim Russell – Harry

Booking Details

Trafalgar Studios (Studio 2)
Whitehall, City of Westminster, SW1A 2DY
Booking: 0844 871 7632
Tickets £15.00 – £24.50 excluding fees
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Malet Street, London WC1E 7JN
Tel: 020 7908 4800


Trafalgar Studios (Studio 2)
20th September to 13th October
Thursday, Friday and Sat at 7.45pm
Saturday matinee at 2.45pm
6th, 7th, 13th, 14th July at 9.45pm
Matinee 5pm 14th July
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
3rd & 4th July at 7.00pm