Legally Blonde’s Sheridan Smith and Rome’s James Purefoy will join Sienna Miller in Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket this March.
The revival of Terence Rattigan’s wartime romance will be Trevor Nunn’s opening production as new artistic director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket, and is timed to celebrate the centenary year of the playwright.
Sheridan Smith, who starred as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre for its opening year, will join the cast as Doris alongside HBO’s Rome star James Purefoy as Peter. Sienna Miller will star in the play as Patricia.
Set near an airfield in Lincolnshire in 1942, the year the play was written and first performed, Rattigan’s drama involves love and heartache between an actress, a young bomber pilot and a famous movie heartthrob.
The revival runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 4 March 2011 and casting also includes Joe Armstrong as Dusty, Sarah Crowden as Mrs Oakes and Clive Woods as Swanson.
James Purefoy is best known on television for his role as Marc Antony in HBO’s epic award-winning TV series Rome. His other television credits include NBC’s The Philanthropist in which he played the leading character, Teddy Rist, and the forthcoming Injustice for ITV1. His most prominent film credits include Resident Evil, Vanity Fair, the Black Prince in A Knight’s Tale and the title role in Solomon Kane. He has recently completed filming the forthcoming Ironclad and John Carter of Mars. His theatre credits include Macbeth, The Tempest, The Man Who Came to Dinner and King Lear all for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Hamlet for the Bristol Old Vic, Present Laughter at the Globe Theatre, Simon Callow’s stage adaptation of Les Enfants du Paradis at the Barbican, and The Relapse, directed by Trevor Nunn, at the National Theatre.
Sheridan Smith has recently completed a critically acclaimed run as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical at the Savoy Theatre. Her other theatre credits include Into the Woods at the Donmar Warehouse, Ancient Lights for Hampstead Theatre, The People are Friendly for the Royal Court, Tinderbox at The Bush Theatre, Little Shop of Horrors at the Menier Chocolate Factory and in the West End as well as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Taming of the Shrew at the Open Air Theatre, Regents Park. Her extensive television credits include BBC comedies Two Pints of Lager & A Packet of Crisps, The Royle Family, Grown Ups, Love Soup and the ITV1 comedy Benidorm. She recently worked with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jonathan Pryce on her first feature film, Hysteria, to be released later this year.
Sienna Miller trained at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. She was last on stage at Broadway’s Roundabout Theatre playing the title role in After Miss Julie. Her other New York theatre credits include Independence, The School for Scandal and Cigarettes and Chocolate. She was last on stage in the West End playing Celia in Shakespeare’s As You Like It opposite Helen McCrory and Dominic West. Her many film credits include Layer Cake, Alfie, Casanova, Factory Girl, The Interview, Stardust, Camille, The Edge of Love, Hippie Hippie Shake, G.I. Joe and Yellow. On television her credits include Bedtime and Keen Eddie.