Exploring what lies beneath the surface of a marriage
Entertaining Angels, Rugby Theatre, September 15 to 22.
"I’ve poured two hundred thousand cups of tea, made four thousand six hundred medium-sized quiches, and personally baked two tons of light crust pastry. And for what?" Back with a new autumn season, Rugby Theatre sets an emotional tone in reviving this acclaimed Richard Everett play. It's a look of what lies beneath the surface of a marriage. Poignant and moving, but also sharply funny, it's set in a classic English vicarage where clergyman’s wife Grace has spent the best part of a life being on her best behaviour.
Following the death of her husband, she’s enjoying her new-found freedom, until things are turned upside-down by the return of her sister Ruth - and the English country setting ends up more like a Jeremy Kyle special for the clergy. Director Ash Hirons says: “From the moment I started reading this funny and touching play there was no doubt in my mind that this was one for me. The characters jump off the page and there is such truth in the writing. The themes of Entertaining Angels will be familiar to all, exploring events from the past and secrets kept, and the changing relationship between couples and their family.” Sue Morris stars as Grace, with Marie Phillips playing Ruth. Kay Fitzpatrick is Sarah, Sam Caldecott is Jo, and Michael Lynch is Bardolph. Entertaining Angels opens on Saturday, September 15, for a seven performance run (there's no show on Sunday). For tickets call 01788 541234, or go to: rugbytheatre.co.uk Pictured: Sue Morris as Grace and Michael Lynch as Bardolph.