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Natasha J Barnes stars in the thriller Tryst at the Tabard Theatre

Natasha J Barnes. Photo by Joseph Lynn.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NATASHA J Barnes, who famously took over from Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl in the West End to rave reviews gets her first starring role in a new production of the thriller Tryst.

Written by Karoline Leach and directed by Phoebe Barran, it runs at the Tabard Theatre from October 17 (previews from October 12) to November 5, 2017.

Based on a true story, this tense drama tells of serial fraudster, George Love, who encounters a naïve and vulnerable shop-girl, Adelaide Pinchin. Seduced by his charm and elaborate stories of a life she’s never known, Adelaide agrees to run away with him in a secret tryst. What ensues shocks them both as their plans begin to unravel in frightening and unpredictable ways.

The story begins as a romantic drama but soon evolves into a riveting thriller with a startling climax. A tense, passion fuelled thriller, it will stay with you long after the curtain comes down.

Tryst premiered in the West End in 1997, starring Paul Nicholas and Susan Penhaligon, before opening on Broadway in 2006.

Natasha J Barnes said: “I read, or devoured, Tryst in one sitting and knew straight away I wanted to be a part of it. After learning so much taking over the lead in Funny Girl at The Savoy, I knew I would want my next project to be something really challenging. I’m not frightened of making myself vulnerable and I feel a straight play with such a small cast will be so different to what I’ve been doing recently and so exciting. I am a massive advocate for seeing the work of more female directors and I can’t wait to see what Phoebe will bring to the piece.”

Following her performance in the West End production of Funny Girl, Natasha J Barnes played the title role in the Palladium’s all-star Cinderella at Christmas. She has since completed a major UK and Ireland tour of Funny Girl reprising the role of Fanny Brice. Her debut single, Supermodel, will be released in the Autumn.

The cast also features Fred Perry, whose theatre credits include: Love and Understanding, Japes, Long Live the Mad Parade, Truth Lies Diana, Sweeney Todd, The Lover, Black Comedy, The Real Inspector Hound, Comedy of Arias, Peaches, Oleanna, Black Soap, Who’s Buttling Anyway and The Beaux Stratagem. On screen, he has appeared in The Honourable Woman, New Tricks, Spooks, Hotel Babylon, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, EastEnders, Scott and Bailey and Pillow Talk.

Karoline Leach is a British playwright and author, best known for her book In the Shadow of the Dreamchild.

Tryst has set and costume design by Max Dorey, lighting by Matt Drury and sound by Dave McSeveny.

Tryst will be the first show at the Tabard Theatre since it was taken over by new management and given a full refurbishment.

Tryst is recommended for ages 15+.

Image: Natasha J Barnes. Photo by Joseph Lynn.

Tickets: £19.50, £16.50 concessions. To book, call the box office on 0208 995 6035 or visit tabardtheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Thursday matinees at 2.30pm; Saturday at 4pm and Sunday at 3pm.

Running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes.