When We Are Married - Garrick Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
THIS autumn, Maureen Lipman and Roy Hudd will star in a revival of JB Priestley’s 1938 comedy, When We Are Married, which runs at the Garrick Theatre for a limited season – from October 27, 2010 (previews from October 19) to February 26, 2011.
Set in a West Yorkshire town in 1908, When We Are Married sees three well-to-do couples – the Parkers, Soppitts and Helliwells – who were married on the same day in the same church by the same vicar 25 years ago, come together to celebrate their anniversaries.
However, disaster strikes when it is revealed that the vicar who married them wasn’t actually licensed, and these pillars of the community aren’t as respectably married as they thought.
Lipman’s numerous West End theatre credits include A Little Night Music, Candida, See How They Run, Lost in Yonkers, The Sisters Rosensweig, Wonderful Town, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Oklahoma!, Peggy For You and Glorious, as well as her one woman shows Re: Joyce and Live and Kicking.
As well as radio and television – he appeared recently in Coronation Street – Hudd’s theatre credits include Oliver!, Hard Times and Underneath The Arches, for which he won an Olivier Award in 1982.
In When We Are Married, Christopher Luscombe directs a cast that also includes Rosemary Ashe (The Witches Of Eastwick, The Phantom of the Opera), Lynda Baron (Rookery Nook, In Celebration, Stepping Out), Susie Blake (Wicked, Grumpy Old Women), David Horovitch (Bedroom Farce, Miss Marple, The Young Victoria), Sam Kelly (Wicked, The Female of the Species) and Simon Rouse (The Bill‘s Jack Meadows).
Luscombe’s recent credits include Enjoy (Gielgud Theatre), Alphabetical Order (Hampstead Theatre) and The Comedy Of Errors (Shakespeare’s Globe).
When We Are Married was last staged in the capital – at the Savoy Theatre – in 1996. Priestley’s other plays include An Inspector Calls and Time and the Conways.
David Essex’ All the Fun of the Fair continues at the Garrick Theatre until September 5, 2010.