Maureen Lipman (actress)

Maureen Lipman in Rose

Dame Maureen Lipman returns to the London stage in Rose at the Park Theatre.

Born in Hull, Maureen Lipman trained at LAMDA before making her stage debut in The Knack at the Palace Theatre in Watford. An accomlished stage career has followed including being a member of Laurence Olivier’s Royal National Theatre Company at the Old Vic, playing Joyce Grenfell in Re:Joyce, Madame Armfeldt in Trevor Nunn’s A Little Night Music, Peggy Ramsey in Peggy For You, See How They Run (Olivier Award), Florence Foster Jenkins in Glorious and Live and Kidding and Aunt Eller in Oklahoma!

More recent stage productions have included The Best Man with Martin Shaw at the Playhouse Theatre (2018), My Mother Said I Never Should at The Other Palace (2016), much-loved comedy HARVEY at the Theatre Royal Haymarket (2015), Daytona at the Theatre Royal Haymarket (2014) and J B Priestley’s When We Are Married at the Garrick Theatre (2010)

Her many TV and film appearances include Up The Junction, Educating Rita and The Pianist on film, and Coronation Street, Plebs, Rose, Agony, About Face and Ladies of Letters on TV. She has also written ten books.

Maureen Lipman will appear in Rose at the Park Theatre from 13 September 2022 until 15 October 2022.


Theatre: includes Madame Armfeldt in Trevor Nunn’s A Little Night Music (Menier and Garrick), Florence Foster Jenkins in Glorious and Live and Kidding  (Duchess Theatre), Dim Sum in Aladdin (Old Vic), Mrs Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shaftesbury), Surprise Guest in The Play What I Wrote (Wyndhams), Peggy in Peggy for You (Hampstead, West End and tour), Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! (National and Lyceum Theatre), Gorgeous in The Sisters Rosenwig, Bella in Lost in Yonkers, Kitty Twombley in The Cabinet Minister, Joyce Grenfell in Re-Joyce! (4 West End runs, tour and Long Wharf Theatre Connecticut), Miss Skillon in See How They Run, Ruth in Wonderful Town (Queens Theatre), Messiah, Maggie in Outside Edge, Candida, Nina in Sitting Pretty (Theatre of Comedy), Martha in Martha Josie and the Chinese Elvis (Birmingham Rep), Aunt Eller in Oklahoma!, Second Witch in Macbeth, Cathleen in Long Day’s Journey into Night, Jumpers, Molly Malloy in The Front Page, The School for Scandal, The National Health, Miss Richland in The Good Natur’d Man, Captain of Kopernick and Tyger (National Theatre), Celia in As You Like It (RSC), Joyce Grenfell in Choice Grenfell (The Actors Theatre), Live and Kidding (tour), Thank You for Having Me (Manchester Royal Exchange), Mrs Malaprop in The Rivals (Stratford East), Kitty McShane in On Your Way Riley (Unicorn Theatre), Meg in Meg and Mog (Lyric Hammersmith), Jenny in Chapter Two (Richmond), Smash, Gilda in Design for Living (Brighton), Night and Day, Wilkies the People’s Jack, Dracula, The Gingham Dog, Shakespeare’s Farewell, The White Devil, It’s Called the Sugar Plum, God Made the Little Red Apple and In a Cottage Hospital (Stables Manchester), The Ball Game, Loot, Live Like Pigs, Genie in Aladdin, Brenda in The Waiters and Cathy in Wuthering Heights (Watford), The Knack (Plymouth), Nancy in The Knack (Edinburgh Festival), The Burn, The Fourth World and The Centaur (Royal Court), Eleanor Rigby in No-One Was Saved.

TV: includes Ladies of Letters, Cold Enough for Snow, Eskimo Day, Shiftwork, Absent Friends, Absurd Person Singular, See How They Run, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Outside Edge, The Knowledge, Rogue Male, The Evacuees, Regan, Long Day’s Journey into Night. Series include Casualty, Sensitive Skin, Doctor Who, The Fugitives, Where the Heart Is, Winter Solstice, Jonathan Creek, Coronation Street, Agony Again, Exclusive Yars, About Face (2 series), The Little Princess, All at No.20 (2 series), Objects of Affection, Smiley’s People, Agony (3 series), A Soft Touch, The Sweeney, Couples, Crown Court, Doctor at Large, Code Name.

Film: includes Bridge of Lies, Supertex, Flight of Fancy, The Pianist, Discovery of Heaven, Oklahoma!, Solomon and Gaenor, Captain Jack, Carry On Columbus, Water, Educating Rita, The Wildcats of St Trinians, Gumshoe, School for Unclaimed Girls, Up the Junction.

What is Rose about?

Rose is a play about one of the most harrowing events of the 20th century through the eyes of a Jewish woman, played by Maureen Lipman, blending the personal with the political to trace one woman’s story from the devastation of Nazi-ruled Europe to conquering the American dream.

This thought-provoking production acts as a caution, highlighting the importance of unity in the face of adversity, and the need to recognise and empathise with the suffering of others. Rose premiered at The National Theatre in 1999, where it was nominated for an Olivier for Best New Play.

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