Jean Marsh to join cast of Boeing Boeing from 1 Oct

Jean Marsh to join cast of Boeing Boeing from 1 Oct

Jean Marsh will join the cast of Boeing Boeing to play long-suffering housekeeper Bertha, from 1 Oct 2007 at the Comedy Theatre.

Marsh will take over from Rhea Perlman and joins Tracy-Ann Oberman ((Gretchen) and Jennifer Ellison (Gloria), who also join the cast on 1 Oct. Elena Roger (Gabriella), Neil Stuke (Robert) and Kevin McNally (Bernard) continue in the show.

Jean Marsh is best known for her portrayal of parlour maid Rose in the hugely popular Upstairs Downstairs, which she co-created with Eileen Atkins. Her other extensive television credits include The House of Elliott (which she also co-created with Atkins), Bremner, Bird and Fortune, Sensitive Skin and the forthcoming Sense and Sensibility. Her theatre credits include The Old Country at the Trafalgar Studios, On the Rocks for Chichester Festival Theatre and Hamlet at the Oxford Playhouse and in the West End. Her extensive theatre credits on Broadway include Much Ado About Nothing, The Importance of Being Earnest, Uncle Vanya, Twelfth Night and Whose Life is it Anyway? Her film credits include Cleopatra, Frenzy, The Eagle has Landed, Fatherland and The Heavy.

Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti, translated by Beverley Cross, opened at the Comedy Theatre 15 Feb 2007, following previews from 3 Feb to terrific notices from the popular press: NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, “Sheer, silly, comic pleasure.” MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, “Loving production, achieves a kind of delirium.” BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, “Refreshingly hilarious.”

It is directed by Matthew Warchus, designed by Rob Howell, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Act Productions, Matthew Byam Shaw and Robert G Bartner.

Bernard , a successful architect living in Paris, thought he could easily cope with his three air hostess fianees. It was all a question of timetables and a reliable, long-suffering housekeeper who reluctantly has the role of romantic air-traffic controller. When old school chum Robert arrives, Bernard relishes the chance to show his wide-eyed friend his first-class operation at work. Unfortunately, schedules change, flights are delayed and a new turbo-charged Boeing aircraft is introduced: chaos ensues in this hysterical whirl of mayhem and matchmaking.

The show is currently taking bookings to 26 Jan 2008

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