Laura Michelle Kelly to Star as The Second Mrs. Tanqueray at U.K.'s Rose Theatre, Kingston

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06 Jul 2012

Laura Michelle Kelly
Laura Michelle Kelly

Laura Michelle Kelly, London's original Mary Poppins who also reprised that role on Broadway, will star in the title role of Arthur Wing Pinero's The Second Mrs. Tanqueray at the U.K.'s Rose Theatre, Kingston, beginning performances Sept. 27 prior to an official opening Oct. 5, for a run through Oct. 27

The theatre's artistic director Stephen Unwin directs a cast that also includes James Wilby as her new husband Aubrey Tanqueray. "When he marries her, he knows that his new wife Paula is a 'woman with a past.' But he has no idea how that past will catch up with him in the end," according to press notes.

Kelly's other theatre credits include starring as Galadriel in the stage version of Lord of the Rings at Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre and subsequently London's Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. She has also starred in Speed-the-Plow at London's Old Vic, opposite Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum. Film credits include "Goddess" and Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd."

Wilby won the Best Actor prize at the Venice Film Festival for his title role in the 1987 Merchant Ivory film, "Maurice"; other film credits include "A Handful of Dust," "Howard’s End," "Regeneration" and "Gosford Park."

The cast also includes Joseph Alessi, Rona Morison and Sally Tatum.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 08444 821 556, or visit for more details.