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Jane Asher stars in Moon Tiger at Rose Theatre Kingston

Jane Asher

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THEATRE Royal Bath productions is presenting Moon Tiger at the Rose Theatre Kingston – from Monday, February 24 to Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Adapted from Penelope Lively’s Booker Prize-winning novel by Simon Reade, this haunting story of loss and desire is directed by Stephen Unwin, former artistic director of the Rose Theatre Kingston, and stars Jane Asher.

Claudia Hampton is a popular historian, a strong, beautiful and difficult woman. Now in her seventies, she is plotting her greatest work – a history of the world. She looks back over her life growing up between the wars and remembers the people who have shared its triumphs and tragedies.

There is Gordon, her adored brother; Jasper, the charming, untrustworthy lover and father of her daughter, and Tom, her one great love, both found and lost during the El Alamein campaign when she worked as a war correspondent.

Against a background of world events, Claudia’s own remarkable story provokes a sharp combination of sadness, shock and amusement.

Jane Asher has previously appeared at the Rose Theatre Kingston in Bedroom Farce, The Importance of Being Earnest and Farewell To Theatre. Her recent credits elsewhere include Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Charley’s Aunt and Festen. On television, she has appeared in Stephen Poliakoff’s Dancing on the Edge, Holby City and The Old Guys. She also stars in the 2013 film I Give it a Year.

Stephen Unwin is also founder of English Touring Theatre, whose extensive credits include acclaimed productions of The Vortex and Hay Fever and most recently Ibsen’s Ghosts at the Rose Theatre Kingston.

Simon Reade’s plays include Pride and Prejudice, Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children and Ted Hughes’s Tales from Ovid for the RSC and Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful.

Dame Penelope Lively is a prolific, popular and critically-acclaimed author of fiction for both children and adults.

Tickets – £19 to £28.50, pit cushions £5; Thursday matinee £18 to £22, pit cushions £5; 16 -26 and students £5 Tuesday; concessions available.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Also at the Rose Theatre Kingston: Fallen Angels, starring Jenny Seagrove and Sara Crowe (January 27 to February 1) and ETT’s production of Brian Friel’s Translations (April 22 to May 3, 2014).