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The Living Room - Christopher Timothy stars

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CHRISTOPHER Timothy will star in Graham Greene’s 1953 drama The Living Room. The first major revival for sixty years, it runs at Jermyn Street Theatre from March 5 to March 30, 2013.

Since my last confession three weeks ago I have committed adultery twenty-seven times.

On the night of her mother’s funeral, Rose Pemberton does not join her Catholic family to say mass. She is in a hotel with Michael, a married psychology lecturer.

Exploring Greene’s familiar themes of moral doubt and ethical ambivalence, the work unfolds in the mysterious ‘living room’ of Rose’s elderly Catholic uncle and aunts, as a net begins to close around the adulterous couple.

With echoes of Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea, Greene captures a dying but irresistibly powerful world.

Graham Greene is regarded as one of the finest novelists of the 20th century. His novels include Brighton Rock, The End of the Affair, The Heart of the Matter, The Quiet American and Our Man in Havana. He also wrote the screenplay for The Third Man. His other works for stage include The Potting Shed and The Complaisant Lover.

Christopher Timothy, well known for his roles as James Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small and Mac McGuire in Doctors, plays Father James Browne, Rose’s uncle.

Her aunts Teresa and Helen are played by distinguished actors Caroline Blakiston (Brass and, previously at Jermyn Street Theatre, Black Bread and Cucumber) and Diane Fletcher (House of Cards).

Rising star Tuppence Middleton (Tormented, Cleanskin, and the BBC’s forthcoming The Lady Vanishes) makes her theatre debut as Rose and Christopher Villiers (Emmerdale and Mile High) plays Michael.

This powerful and shocking story of sex, sin and guilt was Greene’s first work for the stage and prompted the critic Kenneth Tynan to describe it as “The best first play of its generation”. At the time it launched the career of a young Dorothy Tutin and enjoyed acclaimed runs in the West End and Broadway.

Presented by Primavera in association with Jermyn Street Theatre, The Living Room is directed by Tom Littler and designed by Cherry Truluck, with lighting by Tim Bray, sound by George Dennis and costume design by Emily Stuart.

Tickets: £20, £16 concessions. Earlybird Offer – Tickets just £15 if booked before February 11, 2013. Available from the box office on 0207 287 2875 or online at www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 3.30pm.

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