Meera Syal To Star in The Killing of Sister George at London's Arts Theatre

News   Meera Syal To Star in The Killing of Sister George at London's Arts Theatre
Meera Syal, who last year played the title role in the Menier Chocolate Factory production of Shirley Valentine that subsequently transferred to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios, is to return the London stage. She will star in a revival of Frank Marcus’ The Killing of Sister George, beginning performances at the Arts Theatre Oct. 5, prior to an official opening Oct. 7, for a run through Oct. 29.

Directed by Iqbal Khan, the cast also includes Elizabeth Cadwallader, Belinda Lang and Helen Lederer. It is designed and lit by Ciaran Bagnall, with sound design by Mark Dunne, and produced by Mig Kimpton for Arts Theatre Productions Ltd.

The play, first seen in the West End in 1964 with the late Beryl Reid who also subsequently starred in the film version, Sister George is a sweet and cheerful nurse in a popular rural radio soap. Yet in the real world, far from the country lanes and kindly ways of her fictional character; she is a cruel, self-centred and manipulative alcoholic, who torments and humiliates her live-in companion Childie. When it is announced that George is to be killed off on screen, this signals an end to her career and life begins to spiral out of her control.

Syal is an actress and writer and is best known for her television work including "Goodness Gracious Me," "The Kumars at Number 42," "Beautiful People," "Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee" and "Linda Green."  Her many writing credits include "Anita and Me" and "Bhaji on The Beach." 

Cadwallader, who plays Childie, has been seen in Rafta Rafta at the Bolton Octagon and Booty Call at Nottingham Playhouse.

Lang, who plays Mrs Croft, has appeared on TV in "Doctors," "Midsomer Murders," "Rosemary and Thyme," "2 Point 4 Children," "The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries" and "Dear John"  Recent stage credits include separate productions of Hay Fever at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket and Manchester’s Royal Exchange, Terry Johnson's Dead Funny and The Reluctant Debutante on tour. Lederer, who plays Madam Xenia, was seen recently on screen in "Horrid Henry and The Kid." TV credits include "Miss Marple," "Little Howard’s Big Question,""Hotel Trubble," "Grumpy Old Women" and "Absolutely Fabulous."  She was seen most recently in the West End in Calendar Girls.

Khan is currently represented on the London stage by his production of Arthur Miller's Broken Glass at the Tricycle Theatre, which transfers to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre in September.

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