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Theatre Royal Bath revival of Relative Values transfers to W/E

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TREVOR Nunn’s Theatre Royal Bath revival of Noel Coward’s classic comedy Relative Values, which toured the UK in 2013, is transferring to the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre, where it runs from March 19 to June 21, 2014.

Relative values stars Olivier Award-winning actress Patricia Hodge as Felicity, Caroline Quentin as Moxie and Rory Bremner, making his theatre debut, as Crestwell the butler.

Described as a farcical exploration of society’s view of the difference between the social classes, Relative Values sees the worlds of starry Hollywood and stiff-upper-lip Britannia collide with hilarious consequences over the course of a weekend at Marshwood House, deep in the garden of England.

As Nigel, Earl of Marshwood, returns home with his bride-to-be, movie starlet Miranda Frayle, his horrified mother and the servants of the house prepare themselves for the worst as long-buried family secrets come to light in deliciously painful circumstances.

Patricia Hodge has enjoyed a career spanning film (Betrayal, Behind Enemy Lines), theatre (Noises Off, Calendar Girls, Dandy Dick) and television (Hotel du Lac, for which she was BAFTA nominated, The Falklands Play and Miranda).

Caroline Quentin’s theatre credits include The Seagull, Roots, Our Country’s Good, Sugar and Spice, Les Miserables, The Live Bed Show, An Evening with Gary Lineker, The London Cuckolds, Life After Scandal and Terrible Advice.

However, Quentin is probably best know for her television appearances – in Men Behaving Badly, Jonathan Creek, Blue Murder and Life Begins.

Rory Bremner is a Scottish impressionist and comedian, noted for his work in political satire and impressions of British public figures. He is also known for his work on Mock the Week, the award-winning Rory Bremner…Who Else? and the sketch comedy series Bremner, Bird and Fortune, which features veteran comedians John Bird and John Fortune.

Also at the Harold Pinter Theatre: the critically acclaimed Being Shakespeare, in which Simon Callow brings to life Shakespeare’s unforgettable characters and the real man behind the legend. Being Shakespeare runs for 22 performances only – from February 26 to March 15, 2014.