Samantha Womack and Mark Womack to Appear in World Premiere of Hope at Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre
By Mark Shenton
Samantha Womack and her actor husband Mark Womack will appear onstage together for the first time in the world premiere of Scot Williams' Hope at Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre. It begins performances March 6, prior to an official opening March 7, for a run through March 23.
They will join playwright Williams, who also directs, and Rene Zagger in the cast. The play, which is described as a darkly comic love story wrapped within a psychological thriller, revolves around a character called Hope (to be played by Samantha Womack), who is a lodger with Norm, an aspiring author suffering from chronic writer's block, and Guy, his meddling roommate. And Victor is the slippery snake who slithers his way into their world.
In a press statement, Samantha Womack commented, "Hope is a beautifully written play with four powerful characters that are as funny as they are disturbing. It's wonderful to be acting opposite Mark on stage for the first time, not just because he is my husband which adds an extra edge, but also because it's his and Scot's birth city and Liverpool always feels like home to me."
Samantha Womack was most recently seen onstage in South Pacific at the Barbican Theatre and subsequently on a U.K. tour. From 2007 to 2011 she appeared as Ronnie Mitchell in BBC1's "EastEnders"; other TV credits include Mandy Wilkins in "Game On."
Mark Womack was seen in BBC1's "Good Cop." Other credits include "Route Irish," "Murphy's Law" and "The Runaway."
Zagger has been a regular on "The Bill." His other TV credits include "God On Trial," "The Take," "Rome" and "Hard Boiled Sweets."
Williams has appeared on screen in "Backbeat," "Swing" and "The Crew" (all set in Liverpool), and on TV in "Nice Guy Eddie," "Cape Wrath" and "Lillies."
To book tickets, contact the box office on 0870 787 1866, or visit www.royalcourtliverpool.co.uk.
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