Peter Bowles, Harriet Walter and Toby Stephens will join Dame Judi Dench in The Royal Family at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. The show looks set to be one of the hot tickets for Autumn and performances commence Oct. 24.
The Royal Family, by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, is based on the famous Barrymore family. The role to be played by Dench was previously and famously played by Rosemary Harris on Broadway. Judi Dench's most recent West End appearance was in the title role of Filumena, directed by Sir Peter Hall at the Piccadilly Theatre in 1999, the same year that she was awarded a Tony for her performance on Broadway in David Hare's Amy's View.
Sir Peter Hall will once again team-up with Judi Dench to direct The Royal Family. His most recent London production was the ten hour epic Tantalus, which played to packed houses at The Barbican as part of the BITE 01 festival, having successfully premiered in Denver, USA. He also directed Simon Gray's Japes, at The Haymarket earlier this year.
Bowles made his last performance at the same theatre playing Beau Brummel in Ron Hutchinson's The Beau in June. Toby Stephens will also be returning to the same stage as his last West End appearance, which was in Simon Gray's Japes, which closed in April. Harriet Walter was seen most recently in an Olivier-nominated performance in the National Theatre production of Yasmina Reza's Life x 3 at the Old Vic. Also included in the cast is blonde bombshell Kim Cattrall who will play Dench's daughter.
Kim Cattrall, a Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress, is best known for her critically acclaimed portrayal of the sexually charged Samantha Jones in the hit television series "Sex and the City." Performances of The Royal Family commence Oct. 24 and booking is now open.