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If So, Then Yes

a new play by N.F. Simpson

Jermyn Street Theatre
Tues 7 Sept to Sat 2 Oct 2010
for a four week season

In the cast are Roddy Maude-Roxby, Steven Beard, Di Botcher, James Chalmers, Paul Copley, Sarah Crowden, Gabrielle Dempsey, and Valerie Gogan. It is directed by Simon Usher, designed by Anthony Lamble, with lighting by Sam Moon. It is produced by Presence Theatre in association with Jermyn Street Theatre.

The play charts a day in the life of octogenarian writer Geoffrey Wythenshaw, who sits down to dictate his autobiography from the comfort of a retirement home. Unfortunately, he finds himself constantly interrupted by his fellow residents, their visiting relatives, and the staff. Roddy Maude Roxby portrays Geoffrey Wythenshaw and the other cast portray 29 other characters. The play was developed during the Rough Cut Season at the Royal Court in 2007. It will be published by Faber & Faber.

N.F. Simpson was born in 1919. His plays include A Resounding Tinkle (1957), The Hole (1958), One Way Pendulum (1959) and The Cresta Run (1965), at the Royal Court Theatre, the first three directed by William Gaskill. A Resounding Tinkle was seen in Cambridge starring Peter Cook and Eleanor Bron in the roles originated by Nigel Davenport and Wendy Craig. In 1964, a film of One Way Pendulum was released featuring Jonathan Miller, who later directed the play at the Old Vic Theatre. A Resounding Tinkle and Gladly Otherwise, were revived in a sell-out season at the Donmar in 2007. Simpson has written extensively for the BBC and ITV, including the hit Elementary, My Dear Watson, with John Cleese. In 2008, the BFI screened a season devoted to his work for film and television. He is the subject of a BBC Radio 4 documentary, Reality is an Illusion Caused by Lack of N.F. Simpson.

Simon Usher has directed at the RSC, with the National Theatre and at the Chichester Festival Theatre. He was Artistic Director of the Belgrade Theatre Coventry.

Roddy Maude-Roxby was in I Am Shakespeare with Mark Rylance at Chichester and in a UK Tour 2007. He was in the original 1959 production of N.F. Simpson’s One Way Pendulum at the Royal Court and West End. He was in Max Stafford Clark’s production of ‘King’ Of Hearts’ at Hampstead Theatre in 2007. Other roles include in Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus with Alec Guinness, Old Dog New Trick (LIFT Festival), and in The Magic Olympical Games by Ken Campell at the National Theatre in 1988. His last TV role was in BBC Cranford. He has appeared in numerous films including Shadowlands, Unconditional Love, and Clint Eastwood’s White Hunter, Black Heart.

Jermyn Street Theatre
16b Jermyn Street SW1Y 6ST
Box Office 020 7287 2875
Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Running time 2.00 hrs
Tues 7 Sept to Sat 2 Oct 2010 Press perf Thurs 9 Sept at 7.30pm
Mon-Sat 7.30pm Sat mat 3.30pm, Tickets £18.00, £14.00 concs. Previews £12.00.

30 August 2010