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The American Plan - St James Theatre

Theatre preview

THEATRE Royal Bath’s production of Richard Greenberg’s The American Plan is transferring to the St James Theatre, where it runs from July 2 to August 10, 2013.

A tangle of ravaged dreams, broken souls, twisted motives and deceit, The American Plan takes place against a backdrop of the Catskill Mountains during a 1960s summer.

Lili Adler, the beautiful, fragile daughter of a wealthy German-Jewish refugee, meets Nick Lockridge, a handsome young stranger, and finds herself falling in love. But when her overbearing mother learns of their relationship, she proceeds to poison the young man’s affection and Lili’s one chance to escape her mother’s control looks like being lost forever.

David Grindley (Journey’s End, Some Girl(s)) directs a cast that includes Diana Quick (as Eva), Luke Allen-Gale (Nick), Emily Taaffe (Lili), Dona Croll (Olivia) and Mark Edel-Hunt (Gil).

Diana Quick’s recent theatre credits include Aristos (as Maria Callas), Single Spies, Mother Courage and Her Children (title role) directed by Stephen Unwin, and Sir Peter Hall’s West End production of You Never Can Tell (as Mrs Clandon). Her other stage work includes Ghosts (English Touring Theatre), Be My Baby (Soho Theatre) and Mother Teresa is Dead (Royal Court Theatre).

On television, she has appeared in Brideshead Revisited, Case Histories, Inspector George Gently, Law & Order UK and Lewis.

The American Plan is designed by Jonathan Fensom, with lighting by Jason Taylor and sound by Gregory Clarke.

The London premiere of Jonathan Miller’s critically acclaimed revival of Githa Sowerby’s 1912 play, Rutherford and Son, runs at St James Theatre from June 4 to June 29, 2013.