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Maurice extends run at Above the Stag Theatre

Rob Stott (left) as Durham and Adam Lilley as Maurice

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ROGER Parsley and Andy Graham’s stage adaptation of EM Forster’s classic novel Maurice has extended its run at London’s Above the Stag Theatre until April 3, 2010.

Previously Posted: Roger Parsley and Andy Graham’s stage adaptation of EM Forster’s classic novel Maurice, runs at London’s Above the Stag Theatre from Tuesday, March 2 to Sunday, March 28, 2010.

Described as a story of passion, bravery and defiance set against the repressive and hypocritical attitudes of Edwardian England, Maurice is also a story of identity and expectation.

Maurice’s future is mapped out from childhood. It’s only when he goes to Cambridge that he starts to question the expectations imposed upon him – by his family, by the British class system, by a restrictive society and by the legal and social taboos surrounding homosexuality.

His personal struggle to recognise his true self and accept ‘the love that dare not speak its name’ nearly breaks him. However, Maurice is more than a gay coming-of-age story. It explores our deepest insecurities – the need to fit in, having the courage to stand out and suddenly seeing society from the outside.

Tim McArthur directs a cast that includes Laura Armstrong (A Little Night Music, West End) Gavin Dobson, Jonathan Hansler, Persia Lawson, Adam Lilley, Leanne Masterton, Stevie Raine, Rob Stott and Gil Sutherland.

Tim McArthur is resident director at Above the Stag where he is currently assistant director on SILENCE! the musical. His other directing credits include the European Premiere of Jack Heifner’s Seduction (Baron’s Court Theatre); Casanova (Kings Head and Greenwich Playhouse); Obama on My Mind (Hen and Chickens); Jack the Ripper, Silver Heaven, Sex, Love and Retro-Femininity, Euro-magic-Vision (Jermyn Street Theatre); and Coloured Lights (Greenwich Playhouse and Jermyn Street Theatre).

Tickets: £12 from March 2 to 7; £14 from March 9 to 28.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Sunday at 6pm.

For more information call the box office on 020 8932 4747 or visit www.abovethestag.com