Hayley Mills to Star in Ladies in Lavender, Based on Film, in U.K.

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Hayley Mills and Belinda Lang will star in Ladies in Lavender, a stage version of the 2004 British film of the same name that had a screenplay by Charles Dance based on the original short story by William J. Locke and starred Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.

It will begin performances at Nothampton's Royal & Derngate April 6, prior to an official opening April 10, for a run through April 28, before embarking on a U.K. national tour.

It tells the tale of two sisters Ursula and Janet Widdington, who live in a close-knit fishing village in picturesque Cornwall, in 1936. When a handsome and talented young Polish-Jewish violinist bound for America is washed ashore, the Widdington sisters take him under their wing and nurse him back to health. However, the presence of the mysterious young man disrupts their peaceful lives and the community in which they live.

Mills, who stars as Ursula, was signed to Walt Disney Studios as a child. Early screen credits include winning the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer for "Tiger Bay" and the Academy Juvenile Award for "Pollyanna," and starring in films that included "The Parent Trap" and "Whistle Down the Wind." She has worked extensively in film and on stage. Her U.K. stage work includes a tour of The King and I and Humble Boy; she has appeared on the New York stage in Noel Coward's Suite in Two Keys. On TV, she appeared as Caroline in ITV's "Wild At Heart."

Lang, who plays her sister Janet, has starred in the West End opposite Judi Dench in Hay Fever and more recently in The Killing of Sister George at the Arts Theatre, and is most well-known on television for "2 Point 4 Children."

The cast also includes Robert Duncan, Carol Macready, Abigail Thaw and Robert Rees. It is directed by Robin Lefevre, and the Royal & Derngate is co-producing it with Daniel Schumann and Lee Dean in association with Charles Diamond. To book tickets for the Northampton run, contact the box office on 01604 624811, or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk for more details.

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