Hildegard Neil, who played Miss Carrie, one of the starving old ladies, at the King’s Head Theatre, is taking over the role of Mrs. Wire. Neil's film credits include Cleopatra opposite Charlton Heston in his 1972 version of "Antony and Cleopatra" and the lead in Graham Greene's "England Made Me" opposite Michael York and Peter Finch. On stage, she was a company member at the RSC throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
Not previously seen in London for 34 years, Vieux Carré is about an aspiring young writer, and the bizarre, poignant and funny characters he encounters at a New Orleans boarding house: 722 Toulouse Street in the French Quarter. They include Mrs. Wire, the young writer’s demented, manipulative landlady; Nightingale, an older, predatory, tubercular artist who refuses to accept his condition; Jane, a New Rochelle society girl dying of leukemia; her sexually ambiguous, drug-addicted lover Tye, who works as a bouncer in a strip club; Mary Maud and Miss Carrie, two eccentric elderly women who literally are starving to death; and a gay photographer with a passion for orgies.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7907 7075 or visit www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk for more details.