APOLLO THEATRE

The Country Girl
The Country Girl stars Judge John Deed co-stars Jenny Seagrove and Martin Shaw in a tale of an alcoholic actor and his wife, whose relationship is tested to the limit.

In The Country Girl, Shaw plays fading star Frank Elgin, a performer in decline who is offered the chance to once again stand in the limelight as the lead of a new musical production. But the actor is completely dependent on his cold wife and his new shot at fame exposes the couple’s deep-rooted flaws.

Seagrove has been a regular feature of the West End stage in recent years, appearing in productions including Bedroom Farce, A Daughter’s A Daughter, Absurd Person Singular, The Letter, The Night Of The Iguana, The Secret Rapture and The Constant Wife.

Before The Country Wife, Shaw was last seen in London in the 2005 production of A Man For All Seasons. His previous stage performances include An Ideal Husband, Betrayal, A Streetcar Named Desire and Look Back In Anger. He previously appeared in The Country Girl at the Apollo theatre in 1983, playing the director opposite Hannah Gordon and John Stride.

The Country Girl co-stars Seagrove and Shaw spent six years working together on TV series Judge John Deed between 2001 and 2007.

Previews From: 06 Oct 2010
Opening Night: 11 Oct 2010
Closing: 26 Feb 2011
Blithe Spirit
Noel Coward's 1941 comedy Blithe Spirit centres on novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth who are literally haunted by a past relationship when an eccentric medium manages to conjure up the ghost of Charles's neurotic first wife, Elvira, at a seance.
They have assumed the preposterous Madame Arcati is a fraud who will simply entertain their dinner guests with a little chicanery and supply Charles with material for his forthcoming novel. But when Elvira appears, visible only to Charles, and is detemined to sabotage his current marriage, life - and the afterlife - begin to get complicated.
In this production of Blithe Spirit, Madame Arcati is played by Alison Steadman, a Laurence Olivier Award-winning actress who was last seen in the West End in Alan Bennett's Enjoy. Her many screen appearances include the Mike Leigh films Abigail's Party, Topsy Turvy and Life Is Sweet, as well as the sitcomes Fat Friends and Gavin And Stacey.
Blithe Spirit director Thea Sharrock is one of Theatreland's rising stars who recent work includes productions of The Misanthrope, Equus and After The Dance.
Previews From: 02 Mar 2011
Opening Night: 09 Mar 2011
Closing: 18 Jun 2011
Show Times: Mon-Sat 19:30, Mats Thu & Sat 14:30

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