December 9, 2010
Jonathan Cake to co-star with Tom Hollander and Lisa Dillon in A Flea in her Ear
Jonathan Cake has been spending a fair amount of time on Broadway of late, so it’s good to see him come back to London – and to have some fun this Christmas in Richard Eyre’s new production of French farce A Flea in her Ear at the Old Vic.
His recent Broadway escapades include New York Theatre Workshop’s April production of Restoration written and starring Claudia Shear, plus Braham in Christopher Hampton’s The Philanthropist opposite Matthew Broderick, Iachimo in Cymbeline and Jason in Deborah Warner’s Medea with Fiona Shaw.
On the London stage Jonathan has appeared in numerous productions including the National’s Baby Doll and an acclaimed performance in Coriolanus at Shakespeare’s Globe.
TV credits include Extras, Mosely, A Dance to the Music of Time, The Government Inspector, Cold Lazarus, Six Degrees, Empire and Law and Order, with films ranging from First Knight to Brideshead Revisited.
Cake is co-starring in A Flea in her Ear alongside Tom Hollander, Lisa Dillon, Di Botcher, Oliver Cotton, Freddie Fox, Fiona Glascott, Lloyd Hutchinson, Tim McMullan, John Marquez, William Maxwell, Rebecca Night, Maggie Service and Walter van Dyk.
The revival of Georges Feydeau’s 1907 French farce A Flea in her Ear is directed by Richard Eyre in a version by John Mortimer.
December 7, 2010
Lisa Dillon returns to the Old Vic in A Flea in her Ear
Glamorous actress Lisa Dillon cannot get enough of the Old Vic theatre in London. She has recently completed a run in Noel Coward’s Design for Living at the South London venue, and now stars in French farce A Flea in her Ear, alongside Jonathan Cake and Tom Hollander.
Dillon is best known for playing Mary Smith in the BBC’s Cranford, but its for her stage work that she is getting the attention. Prior to Design for Living she played another Noel Coward classic – this time Private Lives at the Vaudeville with Kim Cattrall, directed by Richard Eyre – who also directs A Flea in her Ear. She also starred in Coward’s Present Laughter at the National Theatre in 2008 alongside Alex Jennings.
Lisa originally trained at RADA and since graduating her wide-ranging roles have included the lead in Euripides’ Iphigeneia at Aulis at the Crucible Theatre Sheffield, Desdemona in Othello with the RSC, Hedda Gabler at the Almeida and Duke of York’s, Tennessee Williams’ Period of Adjustment, Varya in The Cherry Orchard, Under the Blue Sky in the West End, and Hilda in The Master Builder with Patrick Stewart and directed by Anthony Page, which earned her an Ian Charleson Award for Outstanding Newcomer in 2004.
Her on-screen credits include Cambridge Spies and Bright Young Things.
This new production of Georges Feydeau’s 1907 French farce A Flea in her Ear is directed by Richard Eyre in a version by John Mortimer.
December 6, 2010
Theatre ticket discounts on classic plays including A Flea in her Ear, When We Are Married and An Ideal Husband.
The West End is packed full of classic comedies this Winter starring a wealth of showbiz talent including Tom Hollander, Maureen Lipman and Samantha Bond.
Westendtheatre.com has put together some extra special offers on these plays to ensure that your Winter goes with a bang.
AN IDEAL HUSBAND
Samantha Bond returns to the London stage in Oscar Wilde’s perfect comedy An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre. This glittering new production of Oscar Wilde’s witty and stylish critique of social morality sees Bond (Outnumbered) play Mrs Cheveley, pitted against her real-life husband Alexander Hanson (A Little Night Music, The Sound Of Music) as Sir Robert. The play also stars Elliott Cowan and Rachael Stirling. Wilde’s 1895 play was last produced in London by Peter Hall in 1996, and this time the directing honours go to Lindsay Posner.
“This richly entertaining evening.” (The Telegraph)
WHEN WE ARE MARRIED
Classic playwright J B Priestley is back in the West End and on fine comic form in When We Are Married, at the Garrick Theatre. An all-star cast feature in his beautifully witty play about three highly respectable couples who were all married in the same Yorkshire church on the same day – and are celebrating 25 years of wedded bliss. Then out of the blue, disaster strikes: the vicar was never licensed – they’ve been living in sin all these years! Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the play stars a who’s who of British comic acting talent including Lynda Baron, Roy Hudd, Sam Kelly, Maureen Lipman, Susie Blake, Michele Dotrice, David Horovitch, Rosemary Ashe and Simon Rouse. Not to be missed.
“A hugely enjoyable evening.” (The Independent)
A FLEA IN HER EAR
Tom Hollander stars in A Flea in Her Ear at the Old Vic. Written by Georges Feydeau in 1907, A Flea In Her Ear is a classic French farce set against a backdrop of jealousy, misunderstandings and confrontation. Richard Eyre directs an all-star cast including Tom Hollander (Rev), Lisa Dillon (Design for Living) and Jonathan Cake (Mosely). This adaptation of A Flea in her Ear by John Mortimer is returning home to the Old Vic, where it was originally performed by the National Theatre in 1966 starring Albert Finney.
(Now previewing. Opening night 14 December)
December 1, 2010
Star of Rev returns to theatre in Feydeau’s farce A Flea in her Ear
Tom Hollander is back on the London stage this Christmas in a revival of Georges Feydeau’s 1907 French farce A Flea in her Ear, directed by Richard Eyre in a version by John Mortimer.
The film, TV and stage actor’s profile is at an all-time high at the moment, with his recent starring role in BBC comedy Rev garnering much critical and audience acclaim.
Hollander’s stage roles include The Way of the World at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in 1992 for which he won an Ian Charleson Award, The Government Inspector and Joe Penhall’s play Landscape with Weapon at the Royal National Theatre.
TV work includes new BBC comedy Rev, playing the Reverend Adam Smallbone, King George III in the HBO mini-series John Adams, The Thick Of It, Desperate Romantics, Absolutely Fabulous, Wives and Daughters, Freezing and The Lost Prince.
His movie roles include The Pirates of the Caribbean, Valkyrie, The Soloist, In the Loop, Gosford Park, Bedrooms and Hallways and Pride and Prejudice, for which he won The Evening Standard Film Awards Comedy Award, and London Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor.
This adaptation of A Flea in her Ear by John Mortimer is returning home to the Old Vic, where it was originally performed by the National Theatre in 1966 starring Albert Finney. It was later revived in 1989 starring Jim Broadbent.
Tom Hollander will co-star in the show alongside an impressive cast including Lisa Dillon – star of recent Old Vic play Design for Living, Jonathan Cake, Di Botcher, Oliver Cotton, Freddie Fox, Fiona Glascott, Lloyd Hutchinson, Tim McMullan, John Marquez, William Maxwell, Rebecca Night, Maggie Service and Walter van Dyk.
August 9, 2010
Tom Hollander (Rev, In The Loop), Lisa Dillon and Jonathan Cake star in Georges Feydeau’s 1907 French farce A Flea in her Ear, directed by Richard Eyre in a version by John Mortimer.
July 14, 2010
Kevin Spacey pulls out the stops for his 7th year at the Old Vic with three heavy-weight directors
Hollywood actor and Old Vic artistic director Kevin Spacey has announced a new season of plays at the Old Vic Theatre in London.
Now in his seventh year at the theatre, Spacey revealed that he has attracted three of Britain’s leading directors to helm three revivals during 2010 and 2011.
Anthony Page, whose credits include last year’s Waiting for Godot on Broadway, will direct Noël Coward’s Design For Living, playing at the theatre from 3 September to 27 November 2010. The play will star Tom Burke (Telstar), Andrew Scott (Lennon Naked) and Lisa Dillon (Cranford). Written in 1932, the comedy concerns the complicated three-way relationship between two men and a woman.
Richard Eyre, who recently directed Kim Cattrall in Private Lives at the Vaudeville Theatre, will direct Georges Feydeau’s 1907 French farce A Flea In Her Ear, in a version by John Mortimer, from 4 December 2010 to 5 March 2011. The production will star Tom Hollander (In The Loop) and Lisa Dillon.
Finally, Thea Sharrock, who has enjoyed enormous success for her current National Theatre staging of Terence Rattigan’s After The Dance, will return to the playwright in his centenary year with a revival of his final play, Cause Célèbre, from 17 March to 11 June 2011.
Sharrock will also direct Alison Steadman in a new production of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, coming to the Apollo Theatre from March 2011.
Spacey commented on the new season: “These are three great plays that all rather brilliantly explore the attitudes of their time and offer wonderful roles to actors.”
Current shows at the Old Vic and the Old Vic in the West End: