Sharon Gless To Return to the London Stage in A Round-Heeled Woman This Fall

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"Cagney & Lacey" star Sharon Gless is to return to the London stage to appear in the British premiere of A Round-Heeled Woman, based on Jane Juska's best-selling true-story book of the same name.  It will begin performances at London's Riverside Studios in Hammersmith Oct. 18, prior to an official opening Oct. 19, for a run through Nov. 20.

Stephen G. Anthony and Sharon Gless in a January 2011 production of A Round-Heeled Woman in Florida.
Stephen G. Anthony and Sharon Gless in a January 2011 production of A Round-Heeled Woman in Florida. Photo by George Schiavone

According to a press statement, retired Californian English teacher and divorcee Jane Juska realized, after 30 years of being "severely deprived" of touch, that she "liked men."  She decided to place a personals ad in her favorite periodical, The New York Review of Books: "Before I turn 67 — next March — I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like.  If you want to talk first, Trollope works for me."  She received 63 replies, from men aged between 32 and 84, and went on to write of her experiences in "A Round-Heeled Woman – My Late-Life Adventures in Sex & Romance."

Gless, who plays Juska, is best known for playing Christine Cagney in TV’s "Cagney & Lacy." Other TV roles include Debbie Novotny in "Queer as Folk" and Madeline Westen in "Burn Notice."  She has appeared twice before on the London stage, in the stage version of Stephen King's Misery and in Neil Simon’s Chapter Two.  Further casting to be announced.

A Round-Heeled Woman is adapted for the stage and directed by British writer/director Jane Prowse, who previously co-wrote and directed the Olivier-nominated musical Up on the Roof.  Gless has performed the play in American regional theatres; the script was revised and refined along the way. Her TV work includes "Ghost Train" and "Witness" for Lynda La Plante's "Trial and Retribution" and the BBC's much-repeated Christmas film, "The Greatest Store in the World." She has also written three children's novels — the Hattori Hachi trilogy. 

Design is by Matthew Wright and lighting by Nick Richings. It is produced by Brian Eastman, with Andrew Welch as executive producer.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 8237 1111, or visit www.aroundheeledwoman.com    

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