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Season's Greetings visits Richmond Theatre

Mark Healey, Barbara Drennan, Glynis Barber, Ricky Groves, front Dennis Lill.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ALAN Ayckbourn’s hit comedy Season’s Greetings will visit Richmond Theatre – from October 10 to October 15, 2011 – as part of a national tour.

It’s Christmas at Belinda and Neville’s house, a time for family and friends to come together and celebrate the festivities… and celebrate they most certainly do! Take one frustrated wife, add a seductive stranger, two eccentric uncles and a mechanical monkey, and the hilarity unfolds in what is described as an explosive festive treat.

Robin Herford directs a cast that includes Glynis Barber (as Belinda), Christopher Timothy (Bernard), The Royal‘s Denis Lill (Harvey), As Time Goes By‘s Jenny Funnell (Rachel), Emmerdale‘s Mathew Bose (Clive), EastEnders‘ Ricky Groves (Eddie), Barbara Drennan (Pattie), Mark Healey (Neville) and Sue Wallace (Phyllis).

Glynis Barber, seen most recently as Glenda Mitchell in EastEnders, first shot to fame as the glamorous half of eighties hit TV crime fighting duo Dempsey and Makepeace. Her theatre credits include Macbeth, Killing Time with Dennis Waterman, High Flyers with Hugh Grant, Make Me A Match and The Graduate.

Christopher Timothy‘s extensive theatre credits include Pa Joad in the Chichester Festival Theatre production of The Grapes of Wrath, Sprule in Alan Ayckbourn’s Tons of Money, Henry Windscape in Simon Gray’s Quartermaine’s Terms, David Bliss in Sir Peter Hall’s production of Noel Coward’s Hayfever and guest appearances in The Play What I Wrote.

His West End credits include Underneath the Arches, Journey’s End, The Actor’s Nightmare, See How They Run, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and most recently, All the Fun of the fair.

On television, he is best known for playing James Herriot in the long running series All Creatures Great And Small and, more recently, as Mac McGuire in the BBC drama series Doctors. However, he has also appeared on screen in Casualty, Holby City and The Bill (TV); Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, Othello, Eskimo Nell, Alfred the Great and The Virgin Soldiers (film).

Presented by Bill Kenwright, Season’s Greetings is designed by Michael Holt, with lighting by Jason Taylor.

The tour, which follows the play’s recent sell out season at the National Theatre, will also visit Windsor, Norwich, Mold, Coventry, Cambridge, Sheffield, Guildford, High Wycombe, Malvern, Peterborough, Wolverhampton, Brighton and Bath.