Unearthed Script Of Last Ever Jack Rosenthal Play To Be Performed For Chai

A recently unearthed manuscript of the last play written by the late Jack Rosenthal z’l will be performed publicly for the first time as part of the Chai Manchester Virtual Dinner on Thursday night (25th June).

The play, ‘Tell me on a Friday’, was written for and performed at a Chai Cancer Care Dinner in 2002, just 18 months before the playwright passed away with cancer.

Rosenthal’s wife, Maureen Lipman, has put together an ensemble cast including David Baddiel and Howard Jacobson for an online reading of the play. The event will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube and will be the first time Rosenthal’s last work is seen by a wide audience.

Chai Chairman, Louise Hager, said, “During lockdown, like everyone else, I’ve been clearing through my papers and stumbled across the script. I immediately shared it with Maureen and we decided that it just had to be seen by as many people as possible. The play, although short, highlights the impact of a cancer diagnosis from five family member’s perspective and the support an organisation like Chai provides.”

Maureen Lipman said, “Chai Cancer Care is the most dynamic charity I have ever come across and they give the best loving care for their clients. We have to keep their flame burning.”

The ‘dinner’ will take place on Thursday 25th June between 8-9pm and tickets for the online event are available at www.chaicancercare.org/virtualmanchester

Post-lockdown, there are plans to record a full production as a lasting testimony to Jack and to Maureen as an Honorary Patron of Chai.