April in Paris - Richmond Theatre and on tour
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
SHOBNA Gulati (Coronation Street, Dinnerladies) and Joe McGann (Calendar Girls, The Upper Hand) will star in a UK tour of John Godber’s bittersweet comedy, April in Paris, which visits Richmond Theatre from Tuesday, September 9 to Saturday, September 13, 2014.
Al and Bet’s relationship is on the rocks. He recently lost his job, while she works in a shoe shop and can only dream of a better life. But things are about to change.
When Bet wins a romantic night in Paris, the city of love, Al wonders who she’ll take with her. Resigned to taking her husband, Paris actually reignites their relationship as never before, but the reality of returning home looms large…
Described as an hilarious romantic adventure, featuring John Godber’s unique brand of observational comedy, April in Paris was nominated Comedy of the Year in the Olivier Awards.
Shobna Gulati is best known for playing Anita in Victoria Wood’s Dinnerladies and Sunita Alahan in Coronation Street from 2001 to 2006, a role to which she returned at the end of 2009 and departed again in 2013. Since then she has been a panellist on Loose Women.
Joe McGann became a household name as Charlie Burrows, the “housekeeper” in the hit TV comedy series The Upper Hand, which ran for six years. His major stages roles include Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof and Ray Say in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.
John Godber is the third most performed playwright in the UK, after William Shakespeare and Alan Ayckbourn. His plays are performed across the world with Bouncers being the most popular.
April in Paris is produced by Paul Tyrer and Jamie Clark for April in Paris Ltd with Jane Walmsley and Michael Braham for JAM Pictures Ltd, in association with Derby Theatre.
The tour opens at Derby Theatre (Friday, June 27 to Saturday, July 12) before continuing to Brighton, Woking, Aylesbury, Malvern, Bromley, Glasgow, Crewe, Manchester, Richmond, Chesterfield, New Brighton, Dundee and Coventry.