If you’re on the lookout for a heart-warming and hilarious show then Nathan and Ida’s Hot Dog Stand is a production well worth seeing as it hits the stage of the Gosforth Civic Theatre this month.
So, here’s the story: Nathan and Ida Hardwerker arrive in America with nothing but a will to succeed and a recipe for secret sauce to pursue their dream of opening the finest hot dog stand Coney Island has ever seen!
The show, which has won the Best Performance Award at Swindon Fringe Festival 2018, has a cast of over 25 characters – well, kind of as they’re all played by Ida and Nathan.
Inspired by the true story of the founders of Nathan’s Famous hot dog restaurants (actually called Nathan and Ida Handwerker), Nathan and Ida’s Hot Dog Stand has been created by long-time comedy collaborators Ida Berglöw Kenneway and Nathan Peter Grassi, using their particular brand of irreverent storytelling – even throwing in a little tap dancing into the mix.
“The show is a homage to The Thirties,” explains Ida, “when European emigrants headed to New York to carve out a new life for themselves”. Nathan adds: “We’re capturing the spirit of the vaudeville era: telling a comic and at times touching story of adventure, determination and romance, using lots of different performance styles”.
Nathan and Ida’s Hot Dog Stand runs at Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th October. Tickets, priced at £10.00 in advance (£8.00 concessions), are available from gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk.