Eastenders and Corrie actress Michell Collins will star in A Dark Night in Dalston at the Park Theatre.

Michelle Collins returns to the stage in the World Premiere of new play by award-winning writer Stewart Permutt.

Collins said: “I love theatre, but upon returning to it after a long time in TV I found that there were a real lack of roles for working class women of a certain age. I therefore took the decision to be proactive and work with a great playwright to create an interesting and textured part. The play’s principal themes focus on loneliness and loss of community, which I believe increasingly affects a lot of people in this country.

Her most recent theatre credits include Kindertransport (Chickenshed, London) and the UK tours of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

A Dark Night in Dalston sees Tim Stark return to Park Theatre, following 2014’s highly acclaimed Jonah and Otto, to direct this funny and touching play that follows a fateful evening when an assault brings two Londoners together from different communities.

Collins is joined by Joe Coen who recently starred in the West End production of Bad Jews.

ABOUT THE PLAY

It’s Friday evening on a council estate in Dalston. Gideon, a young, observant Jewish man from the other side of town is attacked. The warm-hearted and quirky Gina insists on protecting him in her flat. As Gideon recovers, dusk falls and Sabbath begins, meaning no strictly observant Jew can travel by any form of transport. Gideon is intrigued and beguiled by Gina and, as the night draws in, temptation and passions rise while Gina’s husband Billy lies bedbound next door. One night, one secret. What will these two lonely Londoners have to face in the morning?
A Dark Night in Dalston will run from 7 March 2017 until 1 April 2017 at the Park Theatre.