James Purefoy, Sheridan Smith join Miller in Flare Path

Cast update for Flare Path, by Terence Rattigan, which opens at the Haymarket Theatre 10 March 2011, following previews from 4 March - booking to 4 June 2011.

Joining previously mentioned Sienna Miller (Patricia), are James Purefoy (Peter), Sheridan Smith (Doris) , Joe Armstrong (Dusty), Sarah Crowden (Mrs.Oakes), Clive Woods (Swanson).

James Purefoy is best known on television for his role as Marc Antony in HBO’s TV series Rome. His theatre credits include Macbeth, The Tempest, The Man Who Came to Dinner and King Lear all for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Simon Callow’s stage adaptation of Les Enfants du Paradis at the Barbican, and The Relapse, directed by Trevor Nunn, at the National Theatre.

Sheridan Smith is best known for her many TV roles which include eight series of Two Pints of Lager & A Packet of Crisps, two series of Grown Ups, two series of Love Soup and four series of Benidorm. She made her West End debut as Tallulah in the National Youth Music Theatre production of "Bugsy Malone" at the Queen's Theatre in 1997. Her other London stage credits include "Into the Woods" at the Donmar Warehouse in 1998; "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" & "The Taming of the Shrew" at he Open Air REgent's Park in 2006; "A Little Shop of Horrors" at the Duke of York's & New Ambassadors in 2007, and most recently Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical at the Savoy Theatre.

It is directed by Trevor Nunn, designs and costumes by Stephen Brimson Lewis. Produced by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Tom McKitterick and the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company in association with Act Productions Ltd.

It is 1942. At the Falcon Hotel, on the edge of an airfield in Lincolnshire, Teddy, a young bomber pilot is celebrating a reunion with his actress wife Patricia. Events take an unexpected turn, when Peter a famous heartthrob film star arrives, and an urgent bombing mission over Germany is ordered. As the night gives way to dawn, Patricia finds herself at the centre of a passionate conflict of love and loyalty as unpredictable as the war in the skies.

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