Lapotaire Withdraws From Another Door Closed; Yates Steps In

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Tony-winning actress Jane Lapotaire, who was due to return to the stage for the first time in a decade to star in the world premiere of Peter Gill's Another Door Closed at the Theatre Royal, Bath, has withdrawn from the production, which begins performances Aug. 4 (prior to an official opening Aug. 11), for a run to Aug. 29 in the Ustinov Studio Theatre.

The play is being presented as part of the ongoing annual Peter Hall Company season, now in its seventh season, and is directed by the playwright. According to a press statement, "Jane and Peter had a difference of opinions about the play and Jane felt it best to withdraw. The role of Woman Two will now be played by Marjorie Yates." The cast also features June Watson and Sean Chapman.

In the play, two sisters remember their childhood home. As the memories flood back – some poignant, some happy, some disturbing – a visitor arrives. It appears that, many years before, the sisters' mother had been very kind to him.

Yates, who will now appear as Woman Two, is best known for her role as Carol Fisher in Channel 4's "Shameless." Other TV appearances include "Z Cars," "The Sweeney," "Great Expectations," "Boon," "The Ruth Rendell Mysteris," "Wycliffe," "A Very British Coup," "Couples," "Where the Heart Is," "Heartbeat" and "The Bill." Her film roles include appearances in "The Optimist of Nine Elms," "The Long Day Closes" and "Weatherby." She was last seen on stage in the RSC's 2007 Stratford-upon-Avon production of Twelfth Night, in which she played Sir Toby Belch opposite John Lithgow's Malvolio.

Peter Gill, director and playwright and a former actor, has previously worked with Lapotaire on a Nottingham/Edinburgh production of As You Like It, in which she played Rosalind, which subsequently transferred to Riverside Studios in London, where it marked the official opening of the center that he was artistic director of from 1976 to 1980. He subsequently became an Asociate Director of the National Theatre from 1980 to 1997, where he set up the National Theatre Studio. His original plays have included several premieres for the Royal Court (including Small Change, revived at the National in 1983 and at the Donmar Warehouse in 2008), others at the National (including Cardiff East in 1997) and The York Realist (premiered under the auspices of English Touring Theatre in 2001, and seen in London at the Royal Court and subsequently transferring to the West End's Strand Theatre in March 2002). As a director, recent productions have included revivals of Patrick Hamilton's Gaslight at the Old Vic in 2006 and The Voysey Inheritance at the Ntaional in 2006, as well as productions of Look Back in Anger and The Importance of Being Earnest (both at Bath Theatre Royal, in 2006 and 2007 respectively).

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