Based on the life of Henrietta Oaks, who led a theatrical company during World War Two, the play stars Stevenson as Hetty with Marcia Warren (Flora), Kate O'Mara (Helen), Patsy Palmer (Charlotte), Caroline Blakiston (Jocelyn), Paul Bentley (Reggie), Rosemary McHale (Gertrude), Adam Davy (Joseph), Cat Simmons (Ivy) and Emma Darwall-Smith (Ros). We Happy Few officially opens June 29. In addition to Nunn, the creative team also features John Napier (set design), David Hersey (lighting design), Elsie Napier (costume design), Colin Pink (sound design), Steven Edis (music) and Henry Metcalfe (choreography).
We Happy Few marks Stubbs' debut as a playwright. Best known for her work as an actress, the play, according to Stubbs' website, concerns "the true story of a motley collection of women who form a theatre company and take to the road, performing their plays in schools and village halls throughout the UK. Incorporating comedy, tragedy and pastoral, [the] drama sheds light on this group of alternative wartime heroes."
One of Britain’s most in-demand stage actresses, recent years have seen Juliet Stevenson concentrate more on screen work, including the 2002 movie “Bend It Like Beckham” and 2003’s “Nicholas Nickleby.”
The Gielgud Theatre is located in London on Shaftesbury Avenue. For tickets call 020 7494 5065.