Felicity Kendal will play successful actress Esme with Jenna Russell taking on the title role as Esme’s daughter. Amy’s View will begin previews Nov. 14, officially opening Nov. 20.
Kendal is best known for her television roles in the “The Good Life” and, more recently, “Rosemary and Thyme.” Her award-winning stage career includes Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests, Frayn’s Clouds, Shaffer’s Amadeus, Stoppard’s Hapgood and Checkhov’s Ivanonv, for which she won the Evening Standard Best Actress Award. Her previous appearance in the West End was in Hall’s 2003 production of Beckett’s Happy Days.
The role of Esme was created by Judi Dench when Amy’s View opened at the National in 1997 before transferring to the Aldwych the following year. Dench also played the role on Broadway.
Russell is currently appearing as Dot in the acclaimed revival of Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park With George at the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre. Before that Russell's Sarah Brown was swept off her feet by Ewan McGregor’s Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls. That production, directed by Michael Grandage and still running at the Piccadilly Theatre, currently features Patrick Swayze in his West End debut.
The Amy's View cast also includes Gawn Grainger (currently in Katie Mitchell’s production of The Seagull at the National), Ryan Kiggell (Valentine in Hall’s production of Shaw’s You Never Can Tell), Antonia Pemberton and Geoff Bretton. For more on Amy’s View, call (0)870 8901104.