A Desperate Housewife? Brits Off Broadway Fest Stages Unsuspecting Susan June 14-July 3

News   A Desperate Housewife? Brits Off Broadway Fest Stages Unsuspecting Susan June 14-July 3 Unsuspecting Susan, Stewart Permutt's play about a rich housewife, begins previews June 14 as part of the Brits Off Broadway festival at 59E59 Theaters.
Celia Imrie in Unsuspecting Susan
Celia Imrie in Unsuspecting Susan

Lisa Forrell directs the play, in rep to July 3, featuring Celia Imrie making her U.S. stage debut. The play concerns the "drama, intrigue and scandal that lie beneath the surface of the seemingly perfect life of an upper-class housewife."

"In Stewart Permutt's finely tuned production, Susan is an insensitive, petty-minded queen bee of a smart Hampshire village," according to production notes. "Then, her son commits an unspeakable crime that shakes the entire world."

Celia Imrie is known to moviegoers as Una in "Bridget Jones' Diary" and "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," as well as "Calendar Girls." In the U.K., she is a beloved comedic actress, known to television audiences as "Miss Babs" of Acorn Antiques in the long-running sitcom "Victoria Wood As Seen on TV." She comes to Off-Broadway direct from the West End hit Acorn Antiques—The Musical, based on the television series.

Her stage credits include the National Theatre production of Edward Bond's The Sea with Dame Judi Dench; The Hothouse with Harold Pinter; Habeus Corpus at the Donmar Warehouse; Dona Rosita at the Almeida Theatre; and the RSC production of School for Scandal.

Stewart Permutt (playwright) wrote the book for the new musical Dottie Lottie starring Issy Van Randwyck, directed by Edward Hall, currently at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London. Other plays include Exclusive Yarns at The Comedy Theatre in London's West End and broadcast on Channel 4; Singular People at the Edinburgh Festival, the New End Theatre and King's Head in London; and Cracked Comic at the New End Theatre. The performance schedule is Tuesday-Friday at 8:15 PM, Saturday at 2:15 PM and 8:15 PM and Sunday at 3:15 PM and 7:15 PM. Single tickets are $35 and are available by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or visiting www.ticketcentral.com. For more information on Brits Off Broadway, visit www.britsoffbroadway.com.