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Laburnum Grove - Finborough Theatre

Laburnum Grove

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

COMMISSIONED by the Finborough Theatre, the first production in nearly 40 years of J.B. Priestley’s Laburnum Grove opens at the Earl’s Court venue for a limited run of Sunday and Monday evening and Tuesday matinee performances from Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Ferndale, Laburnum Grove is a quiet, residential address in one of the newer north London suburbs. George Radfern, decent, respectable citizen and householder spends his Sunday evenings in his greenhouse, listening to Handel on the wireless. But when his grasping in-laws and daughter’s obnoxious beau try to coax more money from him, George makes an unlikely confession.

An exploration of greed and dishonesty in suburban England, Priestley observes the facade of middle class respectability, and its crooked undercurrent with verve and humanity in this immorally comic story of money, family, and criminality.

Oscar Toeman directs a cast that includes Karen Ascoe (as Dorothy Radfern), Lynette Edwards (Lucy Baxley), Robert Goodale (George Radfern), Edward Hancock (Harold Russ), Georgia Maguire (Elsie Radfern), Simon Rhodes (Inspector Stack), Liam Smith (Joe Fletten), Timothy Speyer (Bernard Baxley) and Chris David Storer (Sergeant Morris).

Laburnum Grove is designed by Lily Arnold, with lighting by Douglas Green and sound by Edward Lewis.

Tickets: £14, £10 concessions.

Dates: March 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19, 2013.

Times: Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm; Tuesday matinees at 2pm.

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