This March at Jermyn Street Theatre, Christopher Timothy stars in the first major revival of Graham Greene's 1953 drama The Living Room for sixty years. This powerful and shocking story of sex, sin and guilt was Greene's first work for the stage and prompted the critic Kenneth Tynan to describe it as "The best first play of its generation". At the time it launched the career of a young Dorothy Tutin and enjoyed acclaimed runs in the West End and Broadway.
On the night of her mother's funeral, Rose Pemberton does not join her Catholic family to say mass. She is in a hotel with Michael, a married psychology lecturer. Exploring Greene's familiar themes of moral doubt and ethical ambivalence, the work unfolds in the mysterious 'living room' of Rose's elderly Catholic uncle and aunts, as a net begins to close around the adulterous couple.
With echoes of Terence Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea, Greene captures a dying but irresistibly powerful world. Graham Greene is regarded as one of the finest novelists of the 20th century. His novels include Brighton Rock, The End of the Affair, The Heart of the Matter, The Quiet American and Our Man in Havana. He also wrote the screenplay for The Third Man. His other works for stage included The Potting Shed and The Complaisant Lover.
Primavera and its Artistic Director Tom Littler return to Jermyn Street Theatre after acclaimed sell-out revivals of Bloody Poetry, Anyone Can Whistle and Saturday Night.
Christopher Timothy, well known for his roles as James Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small and Mac McGuire in Doctors, plays Father James Browne, Rose's uncle. Her aunts Teresa and Helen are played by distinguished actors Caroline Blakiston (Brass and, previously at Jermyn Street Theatre, Black Bread and Cucumber) and Diane Fletcher (House of Cards). Rising star Tuppence Middleton (Tormented, Cleanskin, and the BBC's forthcoming The Lady Vanishes) makes her theatre debut as Rose and Christopher Villiers (Emmerdale and Mile High) plays Michael.
The production is part of an invigorating Spring season, which also includes Ivor Novello's Gay's The Word and Artistic Director Anthony Biggs' production of Frederick Lonsdale's On Approval. The season builds on Jermyn Street Theatre's recent successes, including Trevor Nunn's acclaimed production of Samuel Beckett's All That Fall starring Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon and the UK premieres of Ibsen's St John's Night, the musical Boy Meets Boy and a rare revival of Charles Dyer's Mother Adam.
Jermyn Street Theatre is located at 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST (Piccadilly Circus tube). The production runs 5 March to 30 March 2013, Monday to Saturday 7.30pm and Saturday matinees 3.30pm. £20.00 £16.00 Concessions. Earlybird Offer - Tickets just £15.00 if booked before 11th February 2013. Box office 0207 287 2875 and online at www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk.