Honour Is London Bound

News   Honour Is London Bound Diana Rigg is set to return to London’s West End in a revival of Honour, by Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith.

The play will begin previews Feb. 7, 2006. Honour will officially open at London's Wyndham’s Theatre Feb. 14.

The new production, directed by David Grindley (Some Girl(s), The Philanthropist, National Anthems), sees Martin Jarvis play the adulterous husband George.

A familiar face to television and stage audiences, Jarvis was last seen in the BBC’s recent “Rediscover Shakespeare” series in which he played Leonard in Much Ado About Nothing. Jarvis also played the title role in the Broadway production of By Jeeves.

Murray-Smith’s tragicomedy charts the disintegration of a long-standing marriage between a couple in late middle age. The play received its U.K. premiere on the National Theatre’s Cottesloe stage in 2003.

Natascha McElhone plays Claudia, the young TV journalist whose charms tempt George into adultery. McElhone is best known for her film work such as “Solaris,” “The Truman Show” and “Ladies in Lavender.” Her stage credits include London productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Richard III , both at the Open Air theatre, Regent’s Park.

Georgina Rich plays Sophie, the grown-up daughter of the broken marriage.

Rigg was last seen in the West End in Michael Grandage’s production of Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer. Rigg’s many previous stage credits include Humble Boy, Mother Courage and Medea. But the last time she appeared as one half of a dysfunctional marriage was with David Suchet in the 1996-97 revival of Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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