Simon Darwen

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Role Phyllis
Director Blanche McIntyre
Finborough Theatre
Will Trenting, famous for his scandalous novels, is about to be knighted – an accolade which will welcome him to the establishment. But Will has been leading a double life and the award turns a spotlight on it. Tales surface of drunken parties, orgies and rough trade, and on the eve of his knighthood Will is accused of a shocking crime. Threatened with blackmail, Will has to decide where his priorities lie. Darkly comic and shocking, Accolade blows the lid off British hypocrisy.

...a detailed production that's blessed with just about the finest cast I've ever seen in a fringe show Andrzej Lukowski
Time Out

...there’s a delightful whiff of the corrupt old East End in the duet of Simon Darwen and Olivia Darnley as a pair of married pimps and swingers.
Michael Coveney
What's On Stage

Blanche McIntyre’s production matches the play in quality and approach. The cast is splendid. Ian Shuttleworth
Financial Times

Emlyn Williams’s forgotten masterpiece 'Accolade' could go toe to toe with anything revived on the West End. Time Out Theatre Team
Time Out

"Simon Darwen and Olivia Darnley brought a real grounded humanity to their East-end couple, seemingly a world away from the Trentings’ world, but such warm, well-rounded characters that they were utterly believable as the reliable friends that they come to be."

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