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Flare Path extends run

Sheridan Smith as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical. Photo credit: Ellie Kurtz.

Casting update

TREVOR Nunn’s production of Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path has extended its run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket by one week – until June 11, 2011.

Previously Posted: James Purefoy (as Peter) and Sheridan Smith (Doris) will join Sienna Miller in Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path, which opens at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on March 10, 2011 (previews from March 4).

They will be joined by Joe Armstrong (as Dusty), Sarah Crowden (Mrs Oakes) and Clive Woods (Swanson). Final casting will be announced shortly.

Flare Path is set in 1942 when, at the Falcon Hotel on the edge of an airfield in Lincolnshire, Teddy, a young bomber pilot is celebrating a reunion with his actress wife Patricia (Miller).

However, events take an unexpected turn, when Peter, a famous heartthrob film star arrives, and an urgent bombing mission over Germany is ordered. As the night gives way to dawn, Patricia finds herself at the centre of a passionate conflict of love and loyalty as unpredictable as the war in the skies.

James Purefoy has previously appeared on stage in Macbeth, The Tempest, The Man Who Came to Dinner and King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company); Hamlet (Bristol Old Vic); Present Laughter (Globe Theatre); Simon Callow’s stage adaptation of Les Enfants du Paradis (Barbican) and The Relapse, directed by Trevor Nunn (National Theatre).

His screen credits include Marc Antony in the epic award-winning Rome, Teddy Rist in The Philanthropist and the forthcoming Injustice (TV); Resident Evil, Vanity Fair, A Knight’s Tale, Solomon Kane and the forthcoming Ironclad and John Carter of Mars (film).

Sheridan Smith has recently completed a critically acclaimed run as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical at the Savoy Theatre. Her other theatre credits include Into the Woods (Donmar Warehouse), Ancient Lights (Hampstead Theatre), The People are Friendly (Royal Court), Tinderbox (Bush Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Menier Chocolate Factory and West End) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Taming of the Shrew (Open Air Theatre, Regents Park).

Her extensive television credits include Two Pints of Lager and A Packet of Crisps, The Royle Family, Grown Ups, Love Soup and Benidorm. She recently worked with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jonathan Pryce on her first feature film, Hysteria, which is due for release later this year.

Tickets: £17 – £50 (plus concessions). A £1 restoration levy will be added to all ticket prices.

Day Seats: A number of top price tickets at £20 will go on sale at 10am on the day of each performance and can purchased from the Theatre Royal Haymarket Box Office in person.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. However, there will be no matinees on Saturday, March 5 or Wednesday, March 9.

Read more about Flare Path, which is booking at the Theatre Royal Haymarket until June 4, 2011.