Casting Announced for Before the Party at London's Almeida Theatre
By Mark Shenton
Full casting has been announced for a new production of Rodney Ackland's Before the Party that begins performances at London's Almeida Theatre March 21, prior to an official opening March 28, for a run through May 11.
Matthew Dunster will direct a cast that comprises Stella Gonet (Blanche), Katherine Parkinson (Laura Skinner), Alex Price (David), Michelle Terry (Kathleen Skinner), Michael Thomas (Aubrey) and June Watson (Nanny).
They are joined by Polly Dartford, Anna Devlin and Emily Lane, who will alternate in the role of Susan Skinner.
Based on a short story by Somerset Maugham, this production will be the first in over 25 years. In the play, "the war is over and the Skinner family are trying to return to normal. If only the blasted Government weren't such a nuisance about the rations and Cook could get some more of those delicious delicacies. With daughter Laura returned from Africa, widowed but not alone, they prepare for the latest social gathering. Amidst the never-ending whirl of hats and dresses and below stairs skirmishes, Laura reveals a shocking secret that threatens to ruin more than one party on the climb to social success."
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7359 4404 or visit www.almeida.co.uk for more details.
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