Diverse Divas Rule Brittania's Stages

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Hot on the heels of Patti LuPone, who is currently giving London her Maria Callas in Master Class, and our own Sian Phillips in a breathtakingly lookalike Marlene Dietrich celebration, we are due for a summer of huge female stars in various vehicles.

Hot on the heels of Patti LuPone, who is currently giving London her Maria Callas in Master Class, and our own Sian Phillips in a breathtakingly lookalike Marlene Dietrich celebration, we are due for a summer of huge female stars in various vehicles.

Dame Maggie Smith and Eileen Atkins are due in Albee's recently Broadway-revived A Delicate Balance; and Felicity Kendal is at the Old Vic Tom Stoppard's new version of The Seagull.

Meanwhile, the Chichester Festival for this summer has an amazing line-up of female superstars, among them Twiggy (making a rare return to the stage with Maureen Lipman in Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit), Kathleen Turner (doubling a new solo about Tallulah Bankhead with a rare revival of Maugham's Our Betters) and Julie Christie (in the Duras Suzanna Andler). There are also a few men in the Festival's all-star line-up, but not so you'd notice.

So if you've been thinking of crossing the Atlantic, this summer would be the time to do it.

The ladies will be waiting. -- By Sheridan Morley

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