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Enchanted April by Matthew Barber

Based on the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim

The Mill at Sonning Theatre
Sonning Eye,
Reading, Berkshire RG4 6TY
Box Office: 0118 969 8000
Open 10am to 8pm Mon - Sat

will have its UK première at the Mill at Sonning from Thursday 20 March for an eight week season to Saturday 17 May. The production will be directed by Sally Hughes (artistic director of the Mill at Sonning)

with design by Eileen Diss, costumes by Jane Kidd and lighting by Matthew Biss.

In the cast are Sarah Edwardson (Lotty), Melanie Gutteridge (Rose), Hildegard Neil (Mrs Graves), Francesca Bailey (Lady Caroline), Jai Armstrong (Frederick), Martyn Stanbridge (Mellersh), Chris Leveaux (Anthony) and Anna Everett (Constanza).

Enchanted April is written by Matthew Barber, based on the 1922 novel by Elizabeth von Armin. It was at the Belasco Theater on Broadway in 2003 where it was nominated for a Tony and Drama League Award.

Feeling lost in their marriages and adrift in the changing world of post World War One society, Lotty and Rose, two unhappy London housewives, rent a villa in Tuscany in 1922 for an impulsive holiday away from their husbands. They reluctantly recruit two other women to share the cost. Alone together under the Mediterranean sun, the four women clash — and then begin to bond and bloom — until men once again threaten the balance.

Sally Hughes has been the Artistic Director of The Mill At Sonning since 1984. She has portrayed Doris Day in ‘A Sentimental Journey’ in the sell out seasons in Edinburgh, Wilton’s Musical Hall, Los Angeles and at the Mill at Sonning. Melanie Gutteridge has been in many Alan Ayckbourn plays at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and also in Brits Off Broadway. Sarah Edwardson’s West End roles include ‘Carrie’s War’ and ‘Little Women’. Hildegard Neil’s extensive TV credits include the BBC TV series ‘Hotel Babylon’ with Dexter Fletcher and Tamsin Outhwaite and in the Linda La Plante ITVseries ‘Above Suspicion-Red Dahlia’. Her numerous stage roles include Gertrude in Hamlet and Helen/Andromache in ‘Troilus and Cressida’ with the RSC. Martyn Stanbridge was in ‘The Big Sleep’ at the Mill at Sonning. He has performed at the Abbey Theatre Dublin, the Glasgow Citizens’ and in Tamara Harvey’s production of ‘The Graduate’. Chris Leveaux was in the Michael Grandage West End season in ‘Privates on Parade’ and ‘Peter and Alice’, Anna Everett is currently in the BBC TV series ‘Call The Midwife’ and was in the Rob Marshall film version of the musical ‘Nine’.

Eileen Diss has designed for many productions at the National Theatre and for many Harold Pinter plays in the UK and on Broadway. She designed the Samuel Beckett ‘First Love’ at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Royal Lyceum Theatre.

The UK première of thriller Stone Cold Murder by James Cawood will be presented from Sat 5 June for a 7 week season to Sat 26 July. It will be directed by Sue Wilson. The UK première of the comedy Last Confessions of a Scallywag by Dwina Murphy-Gibb will open on Thurs 31 July and run until Saturday 21 August. It will be directed by Sarah Berger.

Thurs 20 March – Sat 17 May Perfs: 8.15pm Running Time 2hrs 15 mins
Dinner 6.30pm. Mats Sat/Sun 2.15pm, lunch 12.30pm
Prices: £39.50 (Sat mat) £46.50 (Tues-Fri eve and Sun mat) £49.00 (Sat eve) (inc dinner)
Trains Paddington – Reading

7 March 2014