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Natural Affection - Lysette Anthony leads cast

Casting news

ACCLAIMED star of stage and screen, Lysette Anthony will lead the cast of the UK premiere of William Inge’s Natural Affection, which runs at Jermyn Street Theatre from July 15 to August 9, 2014.

A ‘blistering drama’ that shocked audiences when it opened on Broadway in the early 1960s, Natural Affection is set in 1962 in a small Chicago apartment where unconventional couple, Sue and Bernie, are awaiting the impending visit of Sue’s delinquent son Donnie with excitement and trepidation.

When Donnie makes an unexpected announcement, tensions between the already strained family relationships grow and competition between the two men threatens to destroy the life that Sue has worked so hard to create.

Heralded as the ‘Face of the Eighties’ by David Bailey at the age of 16, Lysette Anthony was a highly successful model before she became a household name as an actress at the age of 20.

Her recent theatre credits include Oscar Wilde’s Lady Winderemere’s Fan at the Royal Exchange Theatre (for which she was nominated for a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award); the UK tour of Tons of Money; Manchester Royal Exchange’s production of Noel Coward’s Hayfever (also nominated for a Manchester Evening News Award for Best Actress); Arabella Lucretia in the hit comedy The New Statesman, with Rik Mayall; and Bath Theatre Royal’s tour of Noel Coward’s Present Laughter (with Simon Callow).

Well-known to television audiences, Anthony had lead roles in numerous dramas including Night & Day, Jonathan Creek, Murder In Suburbia, Dombey & Son and Three Up, Two Down. She has also appeared in over thirty feature films, among them Without a Clue with Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley, Woody Allen’s award-winning Husbands and Wives and Look Who’s Talking Now with John Travolta.

Anthony is joined in the cast of Natural Affection by Timothy Knightly, with whom she last appeared in Lady Windermere’s Fan at The Manchester Royal Exchange two years ago. Also in the cast are Jonathan Wadey, Jessica Preddy, Jeremy Smith, Louis Cardona and Adriana Maestranzi.

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