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The Green Bay Tree

by Mordaunt Shairp

Jermyn Street Theatre
16b Jermyn Street

Box Office: 020 7287 2875

A beautiful young man is forced to choose between the love of his fiancée and the lifestyle of his male mentor. The Green Bay Tree is an infamous comedy of manipulation that in 1934, made a leading Broadway star of Laurence Olivier, opposite his wife Jill Esmond.

Richard Stirling produced Ivor Novello’s ‘Gay’s The Word’ at Jermyn Street Theatre in 2013. His stage roles include ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ Arts Theatre and ‘Private Lives’ at the National Theatre. Christopher Leveaux was in ‘Peter and Alice’ and ‘Privates On Parade’ Michael Grandage season at the Noel Coward Theatre. Earlier this year he was in ‘Enchanted April’ at the Mill at Sonning. Poppy Drayton played Madeleine Allsopp in ‘Downton Abbey’ in 2013. She has just played Cordelia in ITV ‘Plebs’ and has been in ‘Father Brown’. Tim Luscombe’s credits include ‘The Little Hut’ UK tour with Janie Dee, ‘Hungry Ghosts’, which he also wrote, for the Orange Tree and The Schuman Plan at Hampstead Theatre.

Recent Aria Entertainment productions include Howard Goodall’s ‘Love Story’,’ The Dreaming’ and ‘Girlfriends’ at the Union Theatre.

The Evening News 1933 predicted that The Green Bay Tree by Mordaunt Shairp (1887-1939), would be ‘one of the three best plays of 1933’. It was revived in 1950. Julian was played in London by Mordaunt Shairp’s stepson Hugh Williams (father of Simon and Hugo Williams) and in New York by Denholm Elliott.

The cast are Christopher Leveaux (Julian), Poppy Drayton (Leonora), Richard Stirling (Mr Dulcimer), Richard Heap (Mr Owen), Alister Cameron (Trump). It is directed by Tim Luscombe with design by Gregor Donnelly and lighting by The Green Bay Tree is produced by Aria Entertainment Ltd for Evergreen Theatrical Productions Ltd in association with Jermyn Street Theatre. The Green Bay Tree will be published by Oberon Books.

Tues 25th November - Sun 21st December 2014
Perfs: Tues - Sat 7.30pm, mat Sat & Sun 3.30pm
Tube: Piccadilly, Buses 14, 38, 19, 22, 9

4 November 2014