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Between Us - Arcola Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BETWEEN US, a new play by Sarah Daniels, receives its world premiere at the Arcola Theatre (Studio 2), where it runs from Wednesday, May 28 to Saturday, June 21, 2014.

…I’m okay, you’re okay, they’re okay, we’re all okay and in this together.

What do stand-up, being a proud father, therapy and adoption have in common? They’re all different ways of feeling good about yourself. But what happens if this is not enough? Between Us is a darkly comic glimpse into the way we live now that asks how we have allowed it to come to this…

Between Us is directed by John Burgess, co-founder of the National Theatre Studio and Head of New Writing at the National Theatre from 1989-1994. Burgess has worked as a director at the Royal Court Theatre, Riverside Studios, The Bush Theatre, in the West End and for fourteen years at the National Theatre where his productions include Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance, Antigone, The Prince of Homburg as well as many new plays.

The cast includes Charlotte Cornwell as Julia and Georgina Rich as Teresa and Kath, with further casting to be announced.

Charlotte Cornwell first came to prominence in 1975 when she starred in the BAFTA award-winning series Rock Follies. She subsequently joined the Royal Shakespeare Company where her credits include Henry Vl Part 1, As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing. In 1984, she joined the National Theatre Company and appeared in Wild Honey opposite Ian McKellen, The Road To Mecca, Futurists with Daniel Day-Lewis, Richard III, Lady In The Dark and An Enemy of The People.

In 2000, Cornwell moved to Los Angeles where her stage work includes History Boys and A Little Night Music, as well as television guest appearances in The West Wing. In 2012, she returned to the RSC to appear in Hamlet and All’s Well That End’s Well.

Georgina Rich’s varied theatre credits include originating the role of Baby Houseman in Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing directed by Josie Rourke (Sheffield Crucible), Portia in The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Rosalind in As You Like It (Rose Theatre). On television, she has appeared in Sherlock, New Tricks, Spooks and Waking The Dead.

Sarah Daniels is a critically acclaimed British dramatist who, for over 20 years, has been at the forefront of feminist playwriting for both the stage and radio. Her first play Ripen Our Darkness was staged at the Royal Court in 1981, where many of her subsequent plays have premiered including Masterpieces, The Devil’s Gateway, Byrthrite, Beside Herself and The Madness of Esme and Shaz.

Her other plays include Neaptide and Dust (National Theatre), The Gut Girls (Albany Empire, Deptford) and Flying Under Bridges (Watford Palace Theatre). Daniels has had two collections of her plays published by Methuen.

Commissioned by the Arcola Theatre, Between Us is designed by Simon Daw and has lighting by Nicholas Holdridge.

Tickets: £17, £12 concessions, £14 matinees (£12 concessions), £12 Previews (May 28 and 29), Pay What You Can Tuesdays. To book, call the box office on 020 7503 1646 or visit www.arcolatheatre.com/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 8pm, Saturdays at 3.30pm.

Also at the Arcola: a bold new interpretation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel (June 18 to July 19, 2014).