PENELOPE KEITH leads a stellar cast as ENTERTAINING ANGELS plays Edinburgh

Much loved actress PENELOPE KEITH stars in Richard Everett’s new play ENTERTAINING ANGELS which visits the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh from Mon 19 to Sat 24 October as part of its second UK tour.
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Penelope Keith in Entertaining Angels
Penelope Keith in Entertaining Angels
 
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As a clergy wife, Grace has spent a lifetime on her best behaviour.  Now, following the death of her husband, Bardolph, she is enjoying the new-found freedom to do and say exactly as she pleases.  But the return of her eccentric missionary sister, Ruth, together with some disturbing revelations forces Grace to confront the truth of her marriage.

“A fine new play… an evening of pleasure, a funny, touching
and genuinely thought-provoking comedy” - Daily Telegraph

With sharp-edged comedy and probing wit, Entertaining Angels was a huge hit at Chichester Festival Theatre this spring and now tours to Edinburgh prior to a West End transfer.

“Penelope Keith’s consummate comic skill is indisputable” - The Times

PENELOPE KEITH plays the role of Grace.  Known to millions for her roles in the long running TV series The Good Life and To the Manor Born, her numerous television credits also include, No Job For A Lady; Next of Kin; Moving; Coming Home; and Margery and Gladys.  Her stage career has included seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon and at London’s Aldwych Theatre.  She has directed Relatively Speaking, How the Other Half Loves and In Praise of Rattigan. Her many previous stage appearances include The Merry Wives of Windsor, Blithe Spirit, The Importance of Being Earnest, Elizabeth I in The Regina Monologues, and Good Grief.

POLLY ADAMS plays the role of Ruth.  Her hugely successful stage career has included roles in London, throughout the UK and in New York.  She performed in Graham Greene’s The Complaisant Lover with Sir Ralph Richardson and Paul Schofield at the Globe Theatre, as well as roles for the RSC, the National Theatre and in the West End.  For television, her work includes Just William, Inspector Alleyn, The Camomile Lawn, Miss Marple, Upstairs Downstairs and Pride and Prejudice.  On stage most recently, she appeared in Americans for Oxford Stage Company, The Good Samaritan for Hampstead Theatre and Lady Lister in Bill Kenwright’s production of The Chiltern Hundreds.  

BENJAMIN WHITROW plays the role of Bardolph.  He is one our most accomplished actors with numerous stage and television appearances.  He won a BAFTA for his portrayal of Mr Bennet in Pride and Prejudice.

RICHARD EVERETT has written successfully for radio, television and film including Two Men Went to War, which was in the official selection for the Hollywood Film Festival.  He began his professional career as an actor and started writing for theatre in the 1980s.  His plays include Happy Event, Close to the Wind, Hand Over Fist and Present from the Past, all of which have been published and regularly performed throughout the UK and abroad.  Four Play, his other new play, was recently premiered at the Edinburgh Festival.

Director ALAN STRACHAN has directed over 30 productions in the West End ranging from new plays to revivals and musical revue in work by writers as varied as Noel Coward, Alan Ayckbourn, Tennessee Williams and William Shakespeare. In regional theatre he has worked with Birmingham Repertory, Bristol Old Vic, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.  Alan is a frequent broadcaster and also writes regularly for The Independent.

PRESS NIGHT: Mon 19 October, 7.30pm


LISTINGS

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh
Mon 19 – Sat 24 October
7.30pm / Wed & Sat 2.30pm
BSL Interpreted & Audio Described Performance: Fri 23 October, 7.30pm
Tickets: £12.50 - £25.00
Box Office: 0131 529 6000
www.kingstheatre.org.uk

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