When It Happens to You starring Amanda Abbington at the Park Theatre London

Amanda Abbington to star in When It Happens to You at the Park Theatre

The Park Theatre in London has announced the European premiere of theatrical memoir When It Happens to You, by New York Times best-selling author Tawni O’Dell (Back Roads, Coal Run).

Amanda Abbington (Sherlock, Mr Selfridge, The Unfriend) stars in the drama, as a mother who tries to hold her family together after a life changing event.

Directed by Park Theatre’s Artistic Director Jez Bond, When It Happens to You will play at the Park Theatre from 31 July to 31 August 2024.

Actor Amanda Abbington said in a statement: “When Jez sent me When It Happens to You, I immediately read it in one sitting – I couldn’t put it down. The story is important and necessary, and the characters are nuanced, complex and completely relatable. The Mother character of Tara is a gift of a role for any actor, and I’m thrilled to be working with Jez Bond who I know will direct the piece with the care and sensitivity it deserves.”

Director Jez Bond said: “When It Happens to You is an important, timely and powerful piece of theatre. I’m thrilled to be working with Amanda Abbington who read the play and, like me, immediately felt compelled to do it. The best theatre is often a story told simply that connects to the heart of the audience, and I can’t think of a more powerful play to present within the intimate setting of Park200. By equal turns heartbreaking and hopeful, we invite you in to experience this truly theatrical page turner.”

Other shows announced for the Park Theatre this summer include I am Lysistrata, from 11 to 13 July, featuring a company of ten international women actors from countries including Ukraine, Syria and Zimbabwe, and who are now seeking sanctuary in London. Directed by Sepy Baghaei and written by Carmen Nasr, it has been devised with the company and draws on their own untold stories.

Also coming up is Grow Up, from 17 to 20 July, by Company Three, where eight Islington teens take to the stage in a play about the beautiful, messy and joyful journey through teenage years.

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