September 7th, 2016

Alan Bennett and JB Priestly next up at Bear Pit Theatre

Alan Bennett and JB Priestly next up at Bear Pit Theatre Alan Bennett and JB Priestly next up at Bear Pit Theatre
Updated: 4:11 pm, May 07, 2015

TWO young Stratford RSC actors will be taking to the Bear Pit Theatre in Stratford stage in forthcoming productions.

Isabella James is appearing in Alan Bennett’s monologues Talking Heads from June 2 to 7, while Lucy Morris, who plays Phoebe in The Archers on BBC Radio 4, can be seen in JB Priestley’s comedy When We are Married from June. 13 to 21.

Isabella will have the stage to herself as Lesley in Her Big Chance, which was originally performed by Julie Walters.

Lesley is an ardent actress who has just completed a film in which she plays Travis, a career girl who enjoys life, spends a remarkable amount of time topless and shot a man with a harpoon gun. She tells all, blind to the sinister undertones of her story, as well as to her own self-delusions and gullibility.

Isabella said: “The opportunity to perform such an iconic piece is thrilling and the script and staging have been cleverly re-imagined for The Bear Pit Theatre.

“This is a really exciting and diverse company with a unique and remarkably versatile theatre space, that’s both intimate and atmospheric, which is just perfect for Talking Heads.”

The opening monologue is followed by A Lady of Letters and A Cream Cracker under the Settee starring Margot McCleary and Shirley Allwork respectively.

Classic farce When We Are Married involves three well-to-do West Yorkshire couples who were married on the same day, at the same church and by the same vicar.

But disaster strikes when they join to celebrate 25 years of married bliss and discover that the vicar who married them wasn’t actually licensed and consequently they’re not as respectable as they thought they were!

Lucy has taken time out of her busy BBC Radio 4 recording schedule and is also fresh from playing Candy in Whistle Down the Wind with Stratford’s Young Rogues and Vagabonds Musical Theatre last month.

She said: “I’ve always been a great fan of The Bear Pit and I’m really looking forward to working with such a talented director and group of actors.”

David Mears, Artistic Director at The Bear Pit, said: “The opportunity to welcome two very talented actors for our midsummer production season is fantastic and theatre goers can anticipate much fun and laughter with plenty of added value.”

Tickets priced from £8 (concessions available for over 60s and under 18s) are available online at www.thebearpit.org.uk, by calling 01789 403416, or in person at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Visit www.thebearpit.org.uk for further details.

Bear Pit Theatre is based at Stratford United Reformed Church in Rother Street.

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