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Relatively Speaking transfers to West End

Felicity Kendal and Jonathan Coy

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NEXT SUMMER, the Theatre Royal Bath’s recent revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking will transfer to the West End – to Wyndham’s Theatre, where it runs from May 16 (previews from May 14) to August 31, 2013.

Felicity Kendal (as Sheila), Kara Tointon (Ginny) and Jonathan Coy (Philip) will all reprise their roles in the West End.

Previously Posted: Prior to a planned West End transfer, Felicity Kendal, Kara Tointon and Jonathan Coy will star in a revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking, which visits Richmond Theatre (October 1 to October 6, 2012) as part of a national tour.

Greg only met Ginny a month ago but has already made up his mind that she’s the girl for him. When she tells him that she’s going to visit her parents, he decides this is the moment to ask her father for his daughter’s hand.

Discovering a scribbled address, he follows her to Buckinghamshire where he finds Philip and Sheila enjoying a peaceful Sunday morning breakfast in the garden, but the only thing is – they’re not Ginny’s parents.

Described as beautifully crafted, wonderfully funny and charmingly English, Relatively Speaking was Alan Ayckbourn’s first great West End success and turned him into a household name.

Felicity Kendal’s numerous theatre credits include Tom Stoppard’s Jumpers, The Real Thing, Hapgood, Arcadia and Indian Ink; Amy’s View, Humble Boy, Hidden Laughter, Tartuffe, The Vortex, The Last Cigarette and, most recently, Mrs Warren’s Profession. On television, she has appeared in Solo, The Mistress, Edward VII, Rosemary and Thyme, The Good Life (as Barbara Good) and Doctor Who (opposite David Tennant and Catherine Tate).

Kara Tointon, who made her West End debut playing Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion alongside Rupert Everett, has recently appeared in Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends at the Harold Pinter Theatre. She is best known on television for playing Dawn Swann in EastEnders, a role she played for four years, and as the winner of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing series in 2010.

Jonathan Coy’s stage work includes Noises Off (Old Vic and Novello Theatre) and Much Ado About Nothing (Wyndham’s Theatre) alongside David Tennant and Catherine Tate. His numerous television credits include Hornblower, Brideshead Revisited, Ladies of Letters, Downton Abbey and Foyle’s War.

Relatively Speaking will be directed by Lindsay Posner, whose credits include House of Games, The Hypochondriac, Tom and Viv and Mamet’s Romance (Almeida Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (Sheffield Theatres and Savoy Theatre), Three Sisters on Hope Street (Hampstead Theatre), Carousel (Savoy Theatre), A View from the Bridge (Duke of York’s Theatre), Butley (Duchess Theatre) and Noises Off (Old Vic and Novello Theatre).