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When The Lilac Blooms, My Love - Leicester Square Theatre

Judy Cornwell

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

JUDY Cornwell and Sally Familoe-Neville will star in the world premiere of When The Lilac Blooms, My Love, which runs at Leicester Square Theatre from Wednesday, April 14 to Saturday. May 1, 2010.

Jane Huxley’s new romantic play is set in modern-day suburbia where Nicky, a young woman returns to the family home to break the news to her family that she is pregnant, taking along Darius, the reluctant father-to-be. But as the family is reunited, a web of hidden passions starts to unfold, challenging the bonds between them.

Simon Beyer directs a cast that also includes Polly Banwell, Steve Smith, Aidan Stephenson.

Although Judy Cornwell is probably best known as Daisy, the long-suffering sister of Hyacinth Bucket, in five series of the hugely popular BBC series Keeping Up Appearances, she has also appeared on screen in Moody And Pegg, EastEnders, Doctors and Midsomer Murders (TV); Santa Claus The Movie and Richard Attenborough’s Cry Freedom (film).

In recent years, she has lectured on the cruise ship QE2 and written four novels – Cow And Cow Parsley, Fishcakes At The Ritz, The Seventh Sunrise and Fear and Favour – and her autobiography, Adventures of a Jelly Baby.

Sally Farmiloe-Neville

Sally Farmiloe-Neville is also probably best known for a television role although in her case its for playing scheming Dawn Williams for three years in the BBC drama Howard’s Way. Her other screen credits include Steptoe And Son (as Vicki), Bergerac, Casualty, The Bill and Funny Man (TV); In Search Of Tutankhamen, Spanish Fly, Hell To Pay and Dear Rosie (film).

On stage, she has appeared in Dirty Linen, Bonkers, A Bit Between The Teeth and Absent Friends. Also a presenter and author, her latest best-selling book, Sensual Pleasures And The Art Of Morphing Into A Health Goddess has been praised as “the ultimate health and beauty directory.”

Jane Huxley’s novels include Morgan’s Castle, For The Love Of Penny Whistler and Summer Night, Winter Moon.

When The Lilac Blooms, My Love is independent film and theatre production company, Alex von Saxe Productions’ first foray into the West End.

Tickets: £25 to £35.

Time: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

For more information call the box office on 0844 847 2475 or visit the websites (see right-hand panel).