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Maurice’s Jubilee - Gay Soper joins cast

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

GAY SOPER will take over from Sheila Reid, playing Helena, for the latter part of the national tour of Maurice’s Jubilee.

Soper will join previously announced Nichola McAuliffe (as Katie) and Julian Glover (Maurice) at Bromley Churchill Theatre (March 26-30), Cambridge Arts Theatre (April 2-6), Theatre Royal, Windsor (April 8-13) and Oxford Playhouse (April 15-20).

Soper’s theatre credits include Pippin (Menier Chocolate Factory), Lend Me A Tenor (Gielgud Theatre), The Busy Body (Southwark Playhouse), Marguerite (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Sunday in the Park with George (Wyndham’s Theatre/Menier Chocolate Factory), Les Miserables (Palace Theatre) and Salad Days (Vaudeville Theatre).

She has also appeared in the UK touring productions of Doctor in the House, Star Quality, House of Ghosts and The Stripper, as well as on screen in Rude Health, The Needle Match, Barbara, Father Dear Father and The Ups and Downs of a Handyman.

Previously Posted: Maurice’s Jubilee, written by and starring Nichola McAuliffe, will visit Richmond Theatre (February 19 to February 23, 2013) as part of a national tour.

The tour follows a sell out run at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival. For her role as Katie in Maurice’s Jubilee, McAuliffe won The Stage Edinburgh Award for Best Actress while the play itself follows the international success of A British Subject.

Maurice is determined to reach his 90th birthday, which is the day before the diamond jubilee. The Queen, having made him a promise 60 years before, is coming to tea. His wife is convinced he’s never met the Queen. His nurse thinks it’s time he did.

Maurice’s Jubilee is the hilariously funny and poignant take on timeless themes, the exploration of one man’s enduring commitment to a dream, and an eternal love triangle, fallen on hard times.

Joining Olivier Award-winning McAuliffe will be Julian Glover as Maurice and Sheila Reid as Helena (until March 17, 2013).

Nichola McAuliffe won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Kiss Me Kate at the Old Vic, and was nominated for another Olivier – for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical – for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium. She was recently seen in Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van. On screen, she is best known for playing Sheila Sabatini in seven series of Surgical Spirit.

Olivier Award-winning Julian Glover’s stage credits include Oliver! (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Henry IV and Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Voysey Inheritance (National Theatre) and Richard II (Old Vic). His screen work includes Game of Thrones, The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and For Your Eyes Only.

A former member of Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre Company, Sheila Reid’s stage work includes American Trade (Royal Shakespeare Company), Lucky Numbers (Royal Court), Uncle Vanya (Young Vic) and In Extremis (Shakespeare’s Globe). On screen, she is best known for playing Madge Harvey in Benidorm, a role that has earned her two National Television Awards and several BAFTA nominations.

Maurice’s Jubilee will be directed by Hannah Eidinow, a five time Fringe First Award-winning director for Somewhere Beneath it All and A Small Fire Burns Still at Edinburgh 2011, An Instinct for Kindness at Edinburgh 2011, London and UK tour, Lockerbie: Unfinished Business at Edinburgh 2010/11 and UK tour, What I Heard About Iraq at Edinburgh 2006, UK Tour and West End and Gone at Edinburgh and West End 2004.

Maurice’s Jubilee will be designed by Christopher Richardson.

Maurice’s Jubilee will also tour to Manchester Opera House (January 24-26), Aylesbury Waterside Theatre (January 29 to February 2), Bath Theatre Royal (February 4-9), Woking New Victoria Theatre (February 12–16), Brighton Theatre Royal (February 26 to March 2), Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre (March 5-9), Malvern (March 11–16), Bromley Churchill Theatre (March 26-30) and Cambridge Arts Theatre (April 2-6).

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