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Many Roads to Paradise

by Stewart Permutt

Jermyn Street Theatre 16b Jermyn Street SW1 Box Office 020 7287 2875

Many Roads to Paradise, a bitter sweet comedy, played a sell out season at the Finborough in 2008. It will now open at the Jermyn Street Theatre from Friday 9 October for a five week season to Sat 14 November. The press performance will be Friday 9 October at 7.30pm.

In the cast are Thelma Ruby, Amanda Boxer, Gillian Hanna, Tim Stern, Jason Wing and Elizabeth Uter. It is directed by Anthony Biggs, with design by Cherry Truluck, lighting by David Kydd and sound by Tom Cassidy. Many Roads To Paradise is produced by Jermyn Street Theatre.

Across a crowded karaoke bar, chunky travel agent Martin nervously catches the eye of his not-so-young internet stud. At a Jewish residential care home, blind and elderly Stella shares make-up and millinery tips with her Muslim nurse. And in their spacious house, a long-term lesbian relationship crumbles as Helen and her alcoholic partner squabble viciously over fig and honey tart.

Six people whose lives are inextricably linked, each searching for some kind of salvation. But with so many roads to paradise, which one will they choose?

Stewart Permutt’s previous plays include ‘Singular Women’ Edinburgh Festival Critics’ Choice, BBC Radio 4, UK tour and a recent revival in Perth produced by Sally Burton. His comedy ‘Unsuspecting Susan’ starring Celia Imrie was at the King’s Head and at 59E59Street Theater New York and is published by Nick Hern Books.

Thelma Ruby’s very extensive career includes Mother-in-Law in Steven Berkoff’s production of ‘Kvetch’ at the Garrick Theatre, Golde in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in the West End; television credits include Vera in the BBC production of ‘The Last of the Blonde Bombshells’ with Judi Dench and Ian Holm.

Amanda Boxer’s most recent stage role was in Rupert Goold’s ‘The last Days of Judas Iscariot’ at the Almeida. Gillian Hanna has been in many productions at the Royal Court and National Theatre. Elizabeth Uter has recently been seen in ‘Diaspora Afric’ at the Abbey, Dublin. Anthony Biggs has directed ‘The Working Girl’, ’Camurria’ and Sam Shepard’s ‘Savage/Love’ at Theatre 503. He is Associate Director at Jermyn Street Theatre.

Press Night Thursday 8 and Friday 9 October 7.30pm
Perfs: Tues to Sat 7.30pm Sun mat 5.00pm (running time 1 hr 30 mins)
Prices: £18.00 £14.00 concs

7 September 2009