IF you fancy watching a play in a pub this week gives you the perfect opportunity.

The Last Quiz Night on Earth, an immersive, innovative new play by Alison Carr, opens at the Welcome Inn in Salford, in association with The Lowry, from Tuesday, February 11 to Saturday, February 15, before going on to tour a number of unusual spaces until April 2020.

This latest production from Box of Tricks follows two sold-out tours of critically acclaimed Chip Shop Chips with The Last Quiz Night on Earth, breaking the fourth wall, plunging audiences in to the drama of the show.

The cast for the unique production which will be staged in urban and rural venues across the country, including theatres, village halls, community arts centres and local pubs includes Meriel Scholfield, who is a regular on TV with appearances in all the major soaps including Coronation Street as well as Last Tango in Halifax, Holby City and Doctors.

Shaban Dar takes the role of ‘host with the most’, pre-apocalyptic quizmaster Rav. Shaban is a familiar face in theatre with credits including I Believe in Unicorns (Theatre Alibi), Peggin Out (Unheard Theatre) and Brink (Royal Exchange Theatre).

Unexpected guests Bobby and Fran played by Chris Jack and Amy Drake bring plenty of drama to the piece when they arrive at the quiz with some unresolved business.

Jack has appeared in a number of stage plays including Beryl (Octagon Theatre), Noughts and Crosses (Pilot Theatre/ Derby Theatre/ Coventry Belgrade) and Brighton Rock (York Theatre Royal/ Pilot Theatre); his TV credits include Hollyoaks, Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

Drake’s TV credits include Cold Feet, Hollyoaks and Emmerdale. In theatre Amy has appeared in several productions including A Christmas Carol (Theatr Clwyd) and My Mother Said I Never Should (Theatre by the Lake)

The cast of four will embark upon a UK tour throughout Spring 2020 –connecting with audiences in the heart of local communities.

A spokesman said: "It’s the final countdown. Landlady Kathy invites audiences to the last quiz night on earth with Quizmaster Rav. He’s the host with the most. But with time ticking, some unexpected guests turn up out of the blue. Bobby wants to settle old scores, and Fran wants one last shot at love. Expect the unexpected to the bitter end and plenty of drama as the show gets quizzical!"

The Last Quiz Night on Earth is written by Alison Carr, directed by Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder, associate producer is Max Emmerson, with design by Katie Scott.

Carr received critical acclaim for her plays Caterpillar and Iris, and her play Tuesday has been commissioned for the National Theatre’s 2020 Connections programme.

The Last Quiz Night on Earth is at The Welcome Inn in Salford (in association with The Lowry) from Tuesday, February 11 to Saturday, February 12 at 7.30pm

Tickets: From £12

Booking: https://thelowry.com/whats-on/last-quiz-night-on-earth/