Previews will begin at the U.K. venue April 9 with an official opening scheduled for April 14. The limited engagement will run through May 24. Blethyn will play Wingfield, the troubled matriarch who is desperate for her adult children to avoid her own mistakes. Dreaming of ways to improve the lot of a son, Tom, who's rarely home and a daughter, Laura, who rarely isn't, Amanda longs for a gentleman caller who can transform everything.
The cast also includes Mark Arends as Tom (seen at the Royal Exchange in Henry V and What Every Woman Knows, and in Early Bird at the Royal Court and Marianne Dreams at the Almeida), Emma Hamilton as Laura (Northanger Abbey for Salisbury Playhouse) and Andrew Langtree as the gentleman caller Jim O'Connor (The Rose Tattoo at the National Theatre).
Blethyn received Oscar nominations for her performances in "Little Voice" and "Secrets and Lies" (winning the Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards for Best Actress for the latter), and has also starred in the films "Saving Grace" and "Pride and Prejudice." She has previously appeared at the Royal Exchange in Born Yesterday, A Doll's House and An Ideal Husband. On the London stage, credits include Habeas Corpus (Donmar Warehouse) and Mrs Warren's Profession (Strand Theatre, now the Novello). She also recently starred in an Australian production of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads, where she was directed by Royal Exchange founding artistic director Braham Murray, who also now directs her in this classic play.
Blethyn made her Broadway debut in the 2004 revival of 'night, Mother.
For tickets contact the box office on 0161 833 9833. For more information visit www.royalexchange.co.uk.