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Outhwaite, McKee and Maxwell Martin star in Di and Viv and Rose

Tamzin Outhwaite as Charity Hope Valentine in Sweet Charity. Photo credit: Catherine Ashmore.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a sell-out run at Hampstead Downstairs in 2011, Hampstead Theatre has announced the transfer of Amelia Bullmore’s Di and Viv and Rose to the main stage, where it will run from January 23 (previews from January 17) to February 23, 2013.

Anna Mackmin returns to direct and Tamzin Outhwaite reprises her role as Di in Amelia Bullmore’s funny and insightful comedy. Joining Outhwaite will be Gina McKee as Viv and Anna Maxwell Martin as Rose.

Aged eighteen, three women join forces at university. Life is fun. Living is intense. Together they feel unassailable. Di and Viv and Rose is a hilarious and thoughtful exploration of friendship’s impact on life, and life’s impact on friendship.

Tamzin Outhwaite’s stage credits include Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal Haymarket and Menier Chocolate Factory), Boeing Boeing (Comedy Theatre), Breathing Corpses and Flesh Wound (Royal Court) and Oliver! (London Palladium).

Her screen work includes New Tricks, Law and Order, Paradox, The Fixer, Hustle, Hotel Babylon and EastEnders (TV); Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream, Radio Cape Cod and Back Waters (film).

Gina McKee’s theatre credits include the Olivier nominated King Lear (Donmar Warehouse), Separate Tables (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Lover and The Collection (Comedy Theatre) and Ivanov (Wyndham’s Theatre). In Di and Viv and Rose she will be making her Hampstead debut.

On screen, she has appeared in Hebburn, The Borgias, Line of Duty and Our Friends in the North (TV); Notting Hill, Atonement and In the Loop (film).

Also making her Hampstead debut in Di and Viv and Rose will be double BAFTA award-winning Anna Maxwell Martin, whose stage work includes Measure for Measure (Almeida Theatre), Cabaret (Lyric Theatre), The Female of the Species (Vaudeville Theatre) and Dumb Show (Royal Court).

Her television credits include The Bletchley Circle, Bleak House, The Nightwatch, South Riding and Poppy Shakespeare.

Award-winning Anna Mackmin’s credits include Hedda Gabler, The Real Thing and Dancing at Lughnasa (Old Vic), Mammals (Bush Theatre), The Dark (Donmar Warehouse), Really Old Like Forty Five (National Theatre), Under the Blue Sky and In Celebration (Duke of York‘s Theatre), Burn/Chatroom/Citizenship (National Theatre and International tour), Cloud Nine, The Crucible, Iphigenia, Teeth ‘n’ Smiles and The Arbor (Crucible, Sheffield) and Breathing Corpses and Food Chain (Royal Court).

Amelia Bullmore’s debut play Mammals was awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. A well known actress from stage and screen, her credits include Scott and Bailey, Twenty Twelve and Shameless. Her other writing credits include Scott and Bailey, This Life, Attachments and Big Train (TV) and Craven, with Maxine Peake (radio).

This will be the sixth time Bullmore and Mackmin have worked together.

Di and Viv and Rose will be designed by Paul Wills, with lighting by Jason Taylor, sound by Simon Baker, choreography by Scarlett Mackmin and music composed by Paul Englishby.