Further casting announced for "Absolutely!!(Perhaps)" in May 2003

Further casting announced for "Absolutely!!(Perhaps)" in May 2003

Further casting has been announced for Absolutely!!(Perhaps), by Luigi Pirandello, in a new version Martin Sherman, which opens at the Wyndham's Theatre on 20 May 03, following previews from 7 May 03, and booking to 23 Aug 03.

The cast now includes: Joan Plowright (Signora Frola), Oliver Ford Davies (Laudisi), Anna Carteret (Signora Sirelli), Liza Tarbuck (Amalia), Brid Brennan (Cini), Sian Brooke (Dina), Darrell D'Silva (Ponza), Gawn Grainger (Signor Sirelli), Lolly Susi (Signora Nenni), Barry Stanton (Agazzi).

This production is directed by Franco Zeffirelli.

The play is adapted from Pirandello’s “Right You Are If You Think So”, which received its London premiere in 1925 under the title “And That’s the Truth” at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.

This dreamlike play will leave you wondering whether to trust your own eyes. There are enigmatic newcomers in town: the dark, intense, ‘Ponza’, his shy, rather eccentric mother-in-law ‘Signora Frola’; and his reclusive young wife. No one understands their bizarre living arrangements. Everyone has a different theory as to the truth - and no one will countenance any other explanation. No one, that is, except for the wry and elegant ‘Laudisi’. He mischievously offers to establish the truth - and takes delight in his neighbours' growing frustration as they watch: “fantasy and reality dancing together, rather gracefully in fact - and suddenly you can't tell the difference between them”.

Joan Plowright, aged 73, is the widow of Laurence Olivier. She has performed most of the major roles in the classical theatre repertoire. She made her first stage appearance in 1951, and in 1956 joined the English Stage Company, starring in "The Country wife". She joined the National Theatre company at the Old Vic on its inception, playing 'Sonya' in Uncle Yanya, and the title role in "Saint Joan" in 1963. She has also had a very active film career, and was nominated for an Oscar for her role in "Enchanted April" (1991). Her current film credits include "Tea with Mussolini" (1999), directed by Franco Zeffirelli, who also directs this play!

Oliver Ford Davies' numerous London stage credits include "Racing Demon" at the National in 1994; "Naked" at the Almeida in 1998; and "King Lear" at the Almeida in 2002. His film credits include "Sense and Sensibility" "Mrs Dalloway" and the recent Star Wars films. His TV credits "Kavanagh QC" and "Inspector Morse".

Anna Carteret has appeared in many Peter Hall productions including “Major Barbara” in which she played the title role, “King Lear” and “An Ideal Husband”, which transferred from London to Broadway. Her other London stage credits include "Richard III" for the RSC at the Savoy Theatre in 1999. She also starred on TV as ‘Inspector Kate Longton’ in the long running TV drama “Juliet Bravo”.

Liza Tarbuck makes her West End debut in the show, although she has previously appeared on stage in national tours including “Absurd Person Singular” as well as for the National Youth Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe following her training at RADA. She is one of the best known faces on British television with acting credits including the critically acclaimed title role of 'Linda Green' in the BBC1 TV drama series; 'Pamela' in six series of “Watching” and 'Angie' in “Tumbledown”. Other TV credits include presenting the show “Without Prejudice”, two series of “She's Gotta Have It” and “The Big Breakfast”.

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