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Sedos bring iconic 1930s American comedy, You Can’t Take it With You, to the Bridewell Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SEDOS is presenting a revival of the award-winning 1930s comedy You Can’t Take it With You at the Bridewell Theatre – from April 10 to April 14, 2018.

Written by popular comedy writing duo, Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, the play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was then adapted for the screen, winning the 1938 Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director.

The play had a Tony award-winning revival on Broadway in 2014 starring James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne.

Set in New York City in the summer of 1938, You Can’t Take it With You introduces audiences to the Sycamores, an eccentric family who live life to the fullest by pursuing their passions – no matter how bizarre.

However, their routine is disrupted when their daughter Alice wants to bring her new fiancé and his ultra conservative Wall Street family home for dinner. The brusque Sycamores must straighten up to meet the new in-laws and despite all best-laid plans, mishaps and mayhem ensue.

Director Nick Mouton said: “You Can’t Take it With You is a good insight into American life in the 1930s, post the Great Depression. Executives in Wall Street are working hard to stabilise the market, there’s an increase in Russian emigration following the Revolution, and Franklin D Roosevelt has implemented his New Deal plans. This is then mixed with the fun-loving and unpredictable ways of the Sycamore family to create a madcap, idealistic and raucous comedy.

“The play is a strong statement about the dangers of being obsessed with making money, which ultimately led to the crash in 1929, and that you should live your life to the fullest rather than be held down by the mighty dollar.”

The cast includes Sarah Berryman (as Essie Carmichael), Lily Ann Green (The Grand Duchess Olga Katrina), James Cross (De Pinna), Lisa Depuis (Rheba), Joe Docherty (Donald), Mark Watson Gray (Paul Sycamore), Craig Karpel (Anthony Kirby), Cathy Abbott (Miriam Kirby), Graeme Langford (Tony Kirby), David Pearson (Ed Carmichael), Robert Pennant Jones (Martin Vanderhof), Izzi Richardson (Alice Sycamore), Dara Seitzman (Penny Sycamore), Matt Tylianakis (Boris Kolenkhov) and Nelson Wan (Wilbur Henderson).

Set design is by Peter Foster, with lighting design by Laurence Tuerk and costume design by Andrea Ortiz. Fight co-ordinator is Dan Styles and music is co-ordinator Ben Thiele-Long.

Since 2012 Sedos has been the resident theatre company at the Bridewell Theatre.

Tickets: £11.50 – £18.50 – available online at (no booking fee).

Times: Evenings at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Gala Night: Friday, April 13. Ticket includes a free glass of fizz, a show programme and a box of Essie Carmichael’s sweets.

Dirty Dancing - dates announced for 2019

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PRODUCER Karl Sydow has announced further dates for the all new tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, which tours the UK in 2018/19.

As previously announced, the show opens at Brighton Theatre Royal on Thursday, September 20, 2018 before touring to Dartford, York, Stoke, Hastings, Southend, Birmingham, Preston, London (New Wimbledon Theatre) Plymouth and Oxford.

Further dates for 2019 include Sage Gateshead, Bradford Alhambra Theatre, High Wycombe Swan, Torquay Princess Theatre, Swansea Grand Theatre, Bromley Churchill Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Woking New Victoria Theatre and Aylesbury Waterside Theatre – with further dates to be announced.

The new dates are on sale from Friday, March 23, 2018.

Previously Posted: Producer Karl Sydow has announced that an all new tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage will tour the UK in 2018.

Described as sensationally sexy, the show opens at Brighton Theatre Royal on Thursday, September 20, before touring to Dartford, York, Stoke, Hastings, Southend, Birmingham, Preston, London (New Wimbledon Theatre – November 19 to November 24), Plymouth and Oxford – with further dates to be announced.

This new tour follows the 2016/17 tour that played to sold out audiences over a 12 month period and took over £13 million in ticket sales, three blockbuster West End runs, multiple sell out UK tours and numerous international productions.

It’s the summer of 1963, and 17 year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is about to learn some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about dancing.

On holiday in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents, she shows little interest in the resort activities, and instead discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles across an all-night dance party at the staff quarters. Mesmerised by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort dance instructor.

Full of passion and romance, heart-pounding music and sensational dancing, the classic story of Baby and Johnny features the hit songs Hungry Eyes, Hey! Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart-stopping (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage originally opened at London’s Aldwych Theatre in 2006 with a record-breaking advance of £15 million, making it the fastest ever selling show in West End theatre history. The production became the longest running show in the history of the Aldwych Theatre and played to over two million people during its triumphant five year run.

Since its Australian debut in 2004, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage has become a worldwide phenomenon, with productions staged in the USA, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore and throughout Europe, consistently breaking box office records. Recent sell out tours include France, Germany and Australia.

The first UK tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage launched in 2011 and then returned to the West End in 2013 playing at the Piccadilly Theatre in London, prior to launching a second UK and Ireland tour. A further tour and West End Christmas season followed in 2016/17.

Produced by Karl Sydow and Joye Entertainment in association with Lionsgate, Magic Hour Productions and Triple A Entertainment Group, and written by Eleanor Bergstein – script writer of the phenomenally successful 1987 film – the production features the much-loved characters and original dialogue from the iconic film, as well as exciting extra scenes.

Casting for the 2018 tour has not yet been announced.

Unexpected Joy, the first production in a new partnership, comes to Southwark Playhouse

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AWARD-winning producer, Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment, has announced a new partnership with New York City based Tony and Olivier Award-winning theatre and film producer, Jim Kierstead.

They will join forces to develop and present new and groundbreaking productions on both sides of the Atlantic in Off-Broadway/Off-West End-sized venues.

Their first co-production will be the new Bill Russell (book and lyrics) and Janet Hood (Music) musical, Unexpected Joy, that will receive its Off-Broadway premiere at The York Theatre Company from April 24 to May 2, before running at Southwark Playhouse from September 6 to September 29, 2018.

Both productions will be directed by Amy Anders Corcoran but will be individual and unique in casting and design elements.

The two producers met when Jim Kierstead joined Katy Lipson on the transfer of the musical Yank! from the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester to London’s Charing Cross Theatre in the summer of 2017. Kierstead had been one of the original producers of the show Off-Broadway in 2010 at The York Theatre Company. The two realised that they shared the same passion for developing new musicals from the ground up and reconceiving old favourites in original and inventive ways.

Talking about the new partnership, Katy Lipson said: “This is a very exciting time in Aria’s journey; Not only are we delighted to be co-presenting this incredible new musical which celebrates female empowerment with four great roles for women both in New York Off-Broadway and London’s Southwark Playhouse, but also to be collaborating with American producer Jim Kierstead on a new relationship which will see us working on similar co-productions of new chamber musicals both in the UK and across the pond.”

And Jim Kierstead said of the partnership: “From the moment I met Katy, I knew we would get along wonderfully. She has boundless energy and endless ideas. She also is a tremendous multitasker and is incredibly organized, so we get along amazingly well.”

He went on to add: “We can discuss ten different ideas in the span of ten minutes without getting confused. It’s a rare trait. I’m looking forward to the first of many collaborations together using this new model, as Unexpected Joy is a show that’s near and dear to my heart as I’ve spent the past six years developing it with the authors. Stay tuned for our next collaboration!”

Unexpected Joy is the story of three generations of female singers, long-held family tensions and a week together where change is in the air – Joy, a baby boomer pop star, is visited by her daughter, Rachel and granddaughter Tamara. Rachel is married to a prominent televangelist, so Joy is reluctant to divulge that she’s planning to marry Lou, another singer who happens to be a woman. A week with all four together is bound to lead to tension, laughter, discoveries and happiness that really is unexpected.

In a time when the awareness of diversity and acceptance in society is at an all-time high, it’s the perfect opportunity to examine differences within our own families. It’s easy sometimes to disregard strangers who believe and live differently than the way we do, but what happens when those differences occur within our own family units? Unexpected Joy explores this concept by introducing three generations of women who have different values, dreams, and goals.

Through laughter, tears, self-discovery, and an original and compelling score, Unexpected Joy encourages its characters, as well as the audience, to take a journey of self-discovery.

Full casting and creatives to be announced in due course.

Oliver Phelps and Deborah Grant join the cast of The Case of the Frightened Lady

Deborah Grant

Casting news

OLIVER Phelps and Deborah Grant will join the cast of The Classic Thriller Theatre Company’s The Case of the Frightened Lady, which is continuing a successful UK-wide tour throughout 2018.

Continuing in the cast are: TV favourites Gray O’Brien (Coronation Street, The Bill, Casualty), Denis Lill (The Royal, Only Fools and Horses), Philip Lowrie (Coronation Street), April Pearson (Skins), Ben Nealon (Soldier Soldier) and Glenn Carter (Jesus Christ Superstar).

The cast is completed by Callum Coates, Owen Oldroyd and Rosie Thomson.

Oliver Phelps, making his stage debut in The Case of the Frightened Lady, was catapulted to fame at the age of 15 when he starred as George Weasley in one of the highest grossing movie franchises of all time, Harry Potter. He was cast alongside his twin brother James to play Ron Weasley’s mischievous older twin brother. Other credits include the fictionalised biopic of Lenny Henry’s life Danny and the Human Zoo and TV series Kingdom alongside Stephen Fry and Celia Imrie.

Deborah Grant has starred in the BBC’s Not Going Out, Bergerac and Roger, Roger. As well as her many TV and film appearances, she is a stage veteran. From her first performance on stage at the age of four, she has performed in many West End and national touring productions and starred opposite Michael Crawford in the West End debut of Barnum at the London Palladium.

The tour will visit Milton Keynes, Eastbourne, Coventry, Southend, Brighton, Swansea, York, Malvern, Leeds and Bury St Edmunds.

Read more about The Case of the Frightened Lady.

Nigel Slater's Toast announces Edinburgh Festival Fringe run

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING its world premiere at The Lowry, Salford, in May, the stage adaption of Nigel Slater’s
best-selling memoirs Toast is to be performed at the world-famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe – at the Traverse Theatre – from Tuesday, August 7 to Sunday, August 26, 2018.

Previously Posted: Extra dates have been added to the world premiere run of the stage adaptation of Nigel Slater’s memoirs Toast, which runs at The Lowry in Salford from Tuesday, May 22 to Saturday, June 2, 2018 – with extra dates now on sale.

Based on the British Book Awards Biography of the Year, Toast is the story of Nigel Slater’s childhood, told through the tastes and smells he grew up with – to reflect this, audiences will be offered samples of the dishes and tastes central to Slater’s story during the show.

From making the perfect sherry trifle to waging a war over cakes and from the pressured playground politics of sweets to the rigid rules of restaurant dining, this is a story of love, loss and…toast.

A Week 53 commission, Toast is adapted by Henry Filloux-Bennett and directed by Jonnie Riordan. Casting will be announced in due course.

The author of a collection of bestselling books and presenter of nine BBC television series, Nigel Slater has been the food columnist for The Observer for 25 years.

His memoir Toast – the Story of a Boy’s Hunger won six major awards, has been translated into five languages and became a BBC film starring Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore.

Slater is currently presenting the programme Middle East on BBC2.

Nigel Slater said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Toast is coming to The Lowry. I have always felt the story would work well on stage and this adaption is beautifully written, warm, funny and produced with originality and great sensitivity. My story couldn’t be in better hands.”

Director Jonnie Riordan said: “I’m hugely excited about getting the opportunity to direct the first stage adaptation of Nigel Slater’s Toast. What we hope to make will be bold and imaginative, allowing the audience to really invest and experience Nigel’s story up close on the Lyric Stage. I fell in love with the book when I first read it, and can’t wait to share it with audiences on stage.”

Week 53 is part of The Lowry’s ambition to host bold and experimental contemporary art that is accessible and engaging to a broad audience. The inaugural festival, exploring The Lowry’s relationship with place under the theme ‘Locus’, saw approximately 10,000 visitors entertained by 200 performers across 63 performances – 33% of which were first time visitors.

The Lowry is the most visited cultural destination in the North West and is increasingly expanding its role as producer and commissioner, cementing its position as a power house for culture.

Full cast confirmed for Tartuffe at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Sebastian Roché

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for Tartuffe, the West End’s first ever dual-language production, which runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from May 25 to July 28, 2018.

Joining previously announced Paul Anderson and Audrey Fleurot will be George Blagden, Sebastian Roché and Olivia Ross.

Molière’s classic comedy re-imagines Tartuffe as a radical American evangelist who uproots the life of a French film tycoon in Hollywood.

Sebastian Roché will make his West End stage debut as Orgon, a French media mogul living in Hollywood, who unwittingly becomes hoodwinked by Tartuffe.

Roché’s screen credits include the HBO series Young Pope alongside Jude Law, Man In The High Castle (Amazon) and The Vampire Diaries (The CW). His stage credits include Julie Taymor’s Broadway production of The Green Bird (Mandell Weiss Theater) and Salome opposite Al Pacino (Square Theater). He also co-stars in the upcoming second season of the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated series Genius.

George Blagden

George Blagden joins the cast as Damis, Orgon’s son. Blagden’s best-known roles to date have included Grantaire in the film adaptation of Les Misérables (Working Title Films), King Louis XIV in Versailles (BBC Two) and Athelstan in Vikings (Amazon), as well as roles in Black Mirror (Netflix) and Wrath of the Titans (Warner Bros. Pictures).

Olivia Ross plays Mariane, daughter of Orgon and brother of Damis. Ross’ screen credits to date include playing Mademoiselle Bourienne in War & Peace (BBC One) and Queen Joan in Knightfall (History), as well as stage performances in Blue Stockings, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henry V (The Globe).

Olivia Ross

Completing the cast will be Jaz Deol as Valère (The Halcyon, Code of a Killer), Zachary Fall as The Officer (Poldark, Versailles), John Faulkner as Monsieur Loyal (Little Boy Blue, Mary Queen of Scots), Paikan Garutti as Laurent (Songe d’une nuit d’été, Courteline), Annick Le Goff as Madame Pernelle (Le Petit Lieutenant), Claude Perron as Dorine (Amélie, Chrysalis) and Vincent Winterhalter as Cléante (Spiral, Nicolas Le Floch).

Read more about Tartuffe.

The Grinning Man extends for three final weeks at Trafalgar Studios

The Grinning Man

Casting news

THE Grinning Man has announced a final extended three week booking period until May 5, 2018. Directed by Tony Award-winning Tom Morris (War Horse), the production has enchanted audiences again and again, receiving wildly enthusiastic standing ovations at every performance.

Previously Posted: The London transfer of The Grinning Man has extended its run at Trafalgar Studios. Originally booking until February 17, it will now continue until April 14, 2018.

As well as critics and the general public, celebrities and creative minds have also heaped praise on the show. Harry Enfield proclaimed “the whole thing is amazing”, while Hannah Waddingham was “overwhelmed” by the production and Mel Giedroyc applauded the “beautiful score” which is “clever and haunting”, declaring ‘’I want to see it again”. Simon Callow exclaimed the show is “spectacular, theatrical and exciting!”

Previously Posted: Production images have been released from The Grinning Man. To view them and to listen to musical numbers from the show recorded by Matt Lucas, Kelsey Grammer, Hannah Waddingham, Harry Enfield, Alexander Armstrong and Louise Dearman, click here.

Previously Posted: Full casting has been announced for the critically acclaimed production of The Grinning Man. Directed by Tony award-winning Tom Morris and based on the classic Victor Hugo novel, The Man Who Laughs, it runs at Trafalgar Studios from December 6, 2017 to February 17, 2018.

Sean Kingsley (Les Misérables, Billy Elliot) and Ewan Black (Sleeping Beauty, The Merchant of Venice), who previously co-starred in the award-winning Bristol Old Vic production of the musical, have been confirmed to play Ursus and Trelaw in the West End premiere.

Sanne den Besten (Les Misérables, Mamma Mia!), new to the cast, will play Dea, a blind woman who is the childhood friend and closest companion to the show’s title character Grinpayne.

As previously announced Louis Maskell (My Fair Lady, West Side Story), who was recently nominated for Best Performance in a Musical for his role in the Bristol production, will again lead the cast in the title role of Grinpayne, the show’s disfigured hero; and Julian Bleach (St George in the Dragon, Shockheaded Peter, The Tempest), who also starred in the Bristol season, plays the role of the deliciously corrupt court clown Barkilphedro.

Joining the cast are Mark Anderson (The Toxic Avenger), Julie Atherton (Avenue Q), Jim Kitson (Much Ado About Nothing), Sophia Mackay (The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds her Chameleon Skin) and Amanda Wilkin (Hamlet). Completing the company are James Alexander-Taylor, Christina Bloom, Jonathan Cobb, Leo Elso, Claire-Marie Hall, and Loren O’Dair.

The Grinning Man is a romantic gothic musical love story, set in a fantastical world with a dark heart, and brought to life by Kneehigh writer Carl Grose (Dead Dog in a Suitcase) and “powered by an outstanding score” (Sunday Times) by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler. Macabre, magical and visually astonishing, this ultimately elating love story is a distinctive delight.

Read more about The Grinning Man.

Sh*t-faced Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice - Leicester Square Theatre

Sh*t-faced Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MAGNIFICENT Bastard Productions are returning to Leicester Square Theatre with The Merchant of Venice – from April 18 to June 2, 2018.

If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you get us sh*t-faced, do we not remember our lines?

Each performance has a cast of six actors, who all arrive four hours before the start of the show for a ‘party’. However this party is dry for all but one performer, who gets sh*t-faced. The rest is a balancing act between the (trimmed down to an hour) Shakespeare script and improv rules, which state you must go with whatever the drunk actor decides to do.

Every single show is a one-off. Every single performance has a different drunk actor. Every single time they are genuinely inebriated.

With familiar faces alongside new performers, cast members include storytelling comedian and actor Will Seaward, the booming voice behind cult comedy hit Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories, as well as Rob Smythson, one of the founding members of Bullshit London’s nonsensical city tours.

Formed in 2010 by a group of East15 graduates, Magnificent Bastard Productions were just friends who loved creating unexpected and unpredictable theatre at music festivals such as Secret Garden Party. Sh*t-faced now performs across the UK, Australia and USA in Boston, Atlanta and Austin. They sell-out at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringes annually, and in 2015 expanded into Sh*t-faced Showtime, a pissed-up hour of harmonious Broadway showtunes.

The Merchant of Venice will be followed by Romeo and Juliet (June 20 to September 1).

For more information and to book tickets, visit

Lia Williams stars in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the Donmar Warehouse

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Photo by David Stewart.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TO MARK the centenary year of Muriel Spark’s birth, the Donmar Warehouse is staging David Harrower’s new adaptation of Spark’s iconic novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – from Monday, June 4 to Saturday, July 28, 2018.

The production will star Lia Williams in the title role, Rona Morison (Sandy), Nicola Coughlan (Joyce-Emily), Emma Hindle (Mary), Grace Saif (Monica), Sylvestra Le Touzel (Miss Mackay), Helena Wilson (Jenny), Angus Wright (Gordon Lowther) and Kit Young (The Journalist).

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie will be directed by Polly Findlay, who returns to the Donmar following her acclaimed production of Limehouse.

Artistic Director Josie Rourke said: “In the centenary year of her birth, Muriel Spark’s iconic novel, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, has been adapted for the Donmar by leading playwright, David Harrower. It’s wonderful to have these two major Scottish voices join in concert on the Donmar stage. Directing the production, we herald the return of one our most significant and exciting directors, Polly Findlay, whose production of Limehouse was a resounding triumph last year. Lia Williams and rising talent Rona Morison lead the cast.”

At Marcia Blaine School for Girls, Miss Jean Brodie presides over her ‘set’, her chosen few. In return for their absolute devotion, Miss Brodie will provide an education far beyond the confines of the curriculum.

Great teachers leave a mark. Miss Jean Brodie’s will never be erased.

Lia Williams returns to the Donmar Warehouse after starring in The Lover and The Collection. Her most recent theatre credits include Mary Stuart (Almeida/West End) and Oresteia for which she received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress (Almeida/West End). Other theatre credits include The Revengers’ Comedies for which she was nominated for an Olivier for Best Comedy Performance, Old Times (West End), Arcadia and Skylight for which she was Olivier and Tony nominated (National Theatre/West End/Broadway), Earthquakes in London, The Hothouse and Mappa Mundi (National Theatre), Oleanna, King Lear and My Child (Royal Court) and Celebration/The Room (Almeida/New York).

Her screen credits include Kiri, Strike: Silkworm, The Missing, The Crown, Secret State, Doc Martin, May 33rd (BAFTA nomination for Best Actress), The Russian Bride, Imogen’s Face, A Shot Through the Heart, Seaforth and Mr Wroe’s Virgins (TV); The Foreigner, Jonathan Toomey, The King is Alive, Different for Girls, The Fifth Province, Firelight, Dirty Weekend and La Suite Blanche-Neige (film).

As Director, her theatre credits include The Match Box for the Liverpool Playhouse and the Tricycle Theatre and the films Feathers, The Stronger (BAFTA nomination for Best Short Film), Dog Alone and the feature documentary Nanabozhung.

Rona Morison makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Her theatre work includes Dead Don’t Floss (National Theatre), Glory on Earth (Royal Lyceum Theatre), The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Southwark Playhouse), Julie (Northern Stage), The Crucible (Bristol Old Vic), Scuttlers (Royal Exchange, Manchester), The James Plays (National Theatre/National Theatre of Scotland), Anhedonia (Royal Court), To Kill a Mockingbird (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Illusions (Bush Theatre), The Second Mrs Tanqueray (Rose Theatre Kingston), and Crave (ATC).

For television, Morison’s credits include Decline and Fall and her film credits include Ready Player One, Love Bite and The Boy I Loved.

The production is designed by Lizzie Clachan, with lighting design by Charles Balfour, sound design by Paul Arditti, composition by Marc Tritschler and movement direction by Naomi Said.

The Donmar’s free ticket scheme for those aged 25 and under, YOUNG+FREE, will continue to offer seats for performances of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie with tickets released via ballot on the final Friday of every month. YOUNG+FREE is funded through the generosity of audiences via the Donmar’s PAY IT FORWARD scheme. These donations and the partnership support of Delta Air Lines have allowed the Donmar to allocate more than 11,000 free tickets to those aged 25 and under over the past year.

KLAXON tickets will also continue across the run. Starting from £10, KLAXON tickets are released for sale every Monday for performances in the following three weeks. Tickets will be available across the auditorium at every price band. Audiences can sign up to receive information about tickets on the Donmar’s website

Image: Lia Williams by David Stewart.

Also at the Donmar Warehouse: The Way of the World by William Congreve (March 29 to May 26, 2018).

Anita Dobson leads the cast of 3Women at Trafalgar Studios

3 Women

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

3Women, the debut play by the award-winning comedian and writer Katy Brand, will premiere at Trafalgar Studios 2, running from May 18 (previews from May 15) to June 9, 2018.

Celebrated screen and stage actress Anita Dobson (as Eleanor) stars alongside Debbie Chazen (Suzanne), Maisie Richardson-Sellers (Laurie) and Oliver Greenall (Waiter).

3Women explores the relationships between three generations of the same family, brought together in one hotel room, in a darkly comic and pertinent exploration of what it means to be a woman.

Katy Brand said: “3Women is a play I have been hoping to write for several years, but now that feminism and women’s rights are at the very forefront of the global conversation, I wanted to really explore those issues from the point of view of three generations of women, and how they interact and intersect within the same family.

“These movements are not so straightforward as the media would sometimes have us believe but wrapped up in the chaotic and all-too-human lived experiences of real women, from the Suffragettes to those who currently campaign for trans-gender rights. We are all simply trying our best to be ‘modern women’ (whatever that means), making mistakes, and blundering on as best we can!”

From generation to generation, Mother to Daughter, this female-led play explores what it means to be a woman in the 21st Century and the consequences of the generational gap on our attitudes, cultural expectations and family dynamic. From wedding celebrations to relationship disillusionment, 3Women is described as razor-sharp, funny and caustically irresistible.

Anita Dobson is an Olivier Award nominated and well-loved television, theatre and film actress. Her many stage appearances include Budgie (Cambridge Theatre); Three Sisters (Royal Court); Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (National Theatre); Kvetch (Garrick Theatre); Charley’s Aunt (Aldwych Theatre); The Pajama Game (Victoria Palace Theatre); The Vagina Monologues (Arts Theatre/UK Tour); The Island Of Slaves (Lyric Hammersmith); Frozen (National Theatre) for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award, Evening Standard and London Critics’ Circle Award; Chicago (Adelphi Theatre); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shaftesbury Theatre); Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre) and most recently The Shadow Factory (Nuffield Southampton).

As Angie Watts in EastEnders, Anita Dobson was one of the most popular characters on television, winning her the PYE award for Television Personality Of The Year, The Daily Mirror’s Actress Of The Year and the TV Times Actress Of The Year Award, voted by the readers.

Her other television work includes Leave Him To Heaven, Nanny, The House Of Lurking Death, Up The Elephant And Round The Castle, Split Ends, The World Of Eddie Weary, Red Dwarf, Rab C Nesbitt, Smokescreen, Dangerfield, The Famous Five, Highlander, Get Well Soon, Junk, Sunburn, Doctors, New Tricks, The Bill, Hotel Babylon, Casualty, Holby City, Call The Midwife, The Worst Witch and two series of The Rebel.

She has also appeared in the films Seaview Knights, Beyond Bedlam, The Tichborne Claimant, The Revengers’ Comedies, Darkness Falls, Charlie, Solitary, The Rise Of The Krays, The Fall Of The Krays, London Road, taken from the acclaimed National Theatre production directed by Rufus Norris, and The Fight.

Produced by Stage Traffic Productions, 3Women is directed by Michael Yale, with designs by Zahra Mansouri and lighting by Nic Farman.

Tickets: £20-£30 – available from the box office on 0844 871 7632 or online at

Times: Monday – Saturday at 7.45pm; Thursday and Saturday at 3pm.

Also at Trafalgar Studios: The Grinning Man (until April 14, 2018).