Monogamy @ York Theatre Royale
A new comedy by Torben Betts
Starring Olivier & Evening Standard award winner Janie Dee
York Theatre Royal, Tue 22 – Sat 26 May
Press performance Tue 22 May, 7.30pm
Monogamy, the new comedy by Torben Betts, can be seen at York Theatre Royal from 22 to 26 May as part of a short tour ahead of a London run.
Olivier and Evening Standard award winner Janie Dee, who has been starring in the National Theatre’s critically-acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies, leads the cast as the nation’s favourite TV cook Caroline Mortimer.
Caroline has it all – a sparkling career, a big house in Highgate, a (golf) loving husband, smart kids and the best kitchen money can buy. But beneath the immaculate furnishings and studio lighting and away from the glare of the ever-present cameras, Caroline must face the looming collision of living a private life in the public eye. What happens when the cameras turn off and the truth comes out?
The production is touring ahead of a five-week run at the Park Theatre in London.
Janie Dee’s West End credits include Carousel (National Theatre), for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical, Comic Potential (Lyric Shaftesbury), for which she won the Olivier, Evening Standard, Critic’s Circle, Obie and Theatre World Awards for Best Actress, Mack & Mabel (Criterion Theatre), My One and Only (Piccadilly Theatre), Betrayal (Duchess Theatre), Noises Off (The Old Vic), Hand to God (Vaudeville Theatre), Blithe Spirit opposite Dame Angela Lansbury (Gielgud Theatre) and Calendar Girls (Noël Coward Theatre). Her TV credits include Suki in the TV film version of Harold Pinter’s Celebration, Emma Lavenham in the Adam Dalgliesh TV mini-series Death in Holy Orders and The Murder Room, and regular character Remy in London’s Burning (ITV).
The cast also includes Charlie Brooks, best known for playing Janine Butcher in BBC1’s EastEnders, for which she won the British Soap award for Villain of the Year (2004) and Best Exit (2005). She was also nominated for Most Popular Newcomer and Most Popular Actress at the National Television Awards. Her other TV credits include Moving On, Robin Hood, Love Soup, Angel of Death and Bleak House (all for BBC), Suspects (Channel 5) and Wired (ITV). Charlie received critical acclaim for her portrayal as Blanch DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (Curve, Leicester) and as Sandra in Beautiful Thing (Arts Theatre, London & National Tour). She returns to Park Theatre after having appeared in Michael Kingsbury’s Contact.com in 2015.
Patrick Ryecart’s most recent TV credits include playing the Duke of Norfolk in The Crown (Netflix) and Sir Hugh Bodrugan in Poldark (BBC1). His other extensive TV and film roles include Lord Wigram in The King’s Speech, the lead role of Captain Hilary Duff in The High Life (BBC2), Crown Prince Rudolf in Lillie (ITV) and De Bernis in the 1987 film Casanova. On stage, his credits include playing Marchbanks opposite Deborah Kerr in Candida in the West End, for which he received an Olivier nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. His other theatre credits include The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B, An Ideal Husband (National Tour/West End), High Society (Victoria Palace), The Rivals (National Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream (West End) and The Importance of Being Earnest (West End). Patrick has recently played Garry Essendine in Noel Coward's Present Laughter at The Theatre on The Bay, Capetown.
Completing the cast are Jack Archer, Genevieve Gaunt and Jack Sandle.
Monogamy is directed by Alastair Whatley, with design by James Perkins, lighting by Chris Withers, sound by Max Pappenheim and casting by Ellie Collyer-Bristow CDG.
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