Previously a hit in the West End, where its original production starred Celia Johnson and Anthony Quayle, it has been translated into 19 languages, and in 1979 Billetdoux was accorded "classic" status when two of his plays entered the repertory of the Comédie Française in Paris.
The play, which is adapted by Willis Hall and will be directed by Michael Rudman, revolves around two very different people who have one thing in common - the affair that exists between their spouses. It "tells of the effect of the affair, as the jilted couple rendezvous in a Paris apartment to set the world to rights, where they declare their independence in life, and in love. But out of these undesirable circumstances, special connections are forged, and the unlikely pair soon realise that they will leave the ‘city of love’ with more than they had bargained for."
Kendal, who is probably best known for her roles in TV's "The Good Life" and "Rosemary & Thyme" and has also starred in "Edward VII," "Solo" and "The Mistress," has appeared regularly onstage in the West End and at the National Theatre. She previously starred opposite Callow in the original National Theatre production of Amadeus. She is currently in the West End in Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking at Wyndham's Theatre through Aug. 31.
Callow has appeared extensively with the RSC, National Theatre, and the Royal Court and in the West End. His one-man plays include The Importance of Being Oscar, The Mystery of Charles Dickens, Being Shakespeare and Dr. Marigold and Mr. Chops. His film credits include "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Shakespeare in Love."
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