Tennessee Williams’ rarely performed A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur which opens the theatre’s new Autumn season. Michael Oakley directs Debbie Chazen as Bodey, Hermione Gulliford as Helena, Laura Rogers as Dorothea and Julia Watson as Miss Gluck. The production opens in the main theatre space on 15th September 2016, with previews from 12th September and runs until 7th October 2016.
It’s Sunday morning in early June, 1930s St Louis. In a sweltering apartment, as Dorothea completes her rigorous daily exercise regime, Bodey is in the kitchen, frying chicken for a picnic at Creve Coeur Lake. Upstairs neighbour Mrs Gluck has depression so bad she can’t even make coffee, and now Dorothea’s spinster colleague Helena arrives with the news that she’s found a lovely new apartment for them to share. But Dorothea’s mind is elsewhere, she is hoping for a call from the man of her dreams…
Tennessee Williams (1911 – 1983). Arguably one of the greatest American playwrights of the last century, he received a Rockerfeller fellowship in 1940 for his play Battle of Angels, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1948 for A Streetcar Named Desire and in 1955 for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Other plays include Summer and Smoke, The Rose Tattoo, Camino Real, Baby Doll, The Glass Menagerie, Orpheus Descending, Suddenly Last Summer, The Night of the Iguana, Sweet Bird of Youth, and The Two-Character Play.
A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur Trailer
Debbie Chazen plays Bodey. Her theatre credits include The Girls (Tour and soon to be West End), Listen, We’re Family (Wilton’s Music Hall), The Duck House (Vaudeville Theatre), A Little Hotel on the Side (Theatre Royal Bath), Open Court: The President Has Come to See You, Mint, Untitled Martriarch Play and In Basildon (Royal Court), Calendar Girls (West End & Tour), The Girlfriend Experience (Royal Court/Young Vic/Plymouth), Cinderella (Old Vic), The Cherry Orchard Crucible), Dick Whittington (Barbican), Crooked (Bush), A Prayer for Owen Meaney and Mother Clap’s Molly House (National Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (West End) and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Salisbury Playhouse). Her work for television includes Agatha Raisin, You, Me and the Apocalypse, Ambassadors, Asylum, Sherlock, Trollied, The Spa, Doctor Who, Tittybangbang, This Is Jinsy, White Van Man, We Are Klang, Psychoville, The Smoking Room, Nicholas Nickleby, Mine All Mine, Murder in Suburbia, Doc Martin, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, A Christmas Carol and The Lakes. Film appearances include Topsy Turvy, Suzie Gold, Tooth and The Duel.
Hermione Gulliford returns to Notting Hill in the role of Helena. Previous productions at the Print Room include Amygdala and Lot and His God. Other theatre credits include Richard II (Arcola), The Merchant of Venice, Love for Love, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), 3 Winters, Hotel (National Theatre), Amygdala, Lot and His God (The Print Room), Way of the World, The Critic, The Real Inspector Hound and Three Sisters (Chichester Festival Theatre), Arcadia (Bristol Old Vic), Twelfth Night, The Country Wife (Sheffield Crucible), Happy Savages (Lyric Hammersmith), The Importance of Being Earnest (Birmingham Rep/ Old Vic). Her film credits include Stage Beauty and The Affair of the Necklace. Television credits include Count Arthur Strong, Foyles War, Call the Midwife, Lewis, Utopia, Upstairs Downstairs, Hustle, Rev, The IT Crowd, All About George, Monarch of the Glen and Oktober.
Laura Rogers plays Dorothea. Her theatre credits include Private Lives (UK tour), Tipping The Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith), Pressure, An Ideal Husband, Blue Remembered Hills, Hay Fever (Chichester Festival Theatre), Masterpieces (Royal Court), Revelations (Hampstead Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (Globe & US tour) Macbeth, A New World, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Timon of Athens, The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III (Globe), The 39 Steps (West End), Dark Philosophers (National Theatre Of Wales). TV credits include Doctor Who Christmas Special, Bad Girls and The Sins.
Julia Watson plays Miss Gluck. Theatre credits include The Sisterhood (Belgrade Coventry), The Deep Blue Sea (Watford Palace), The Seagull, My Family & Other Animals (York Theatre Royal), Amy’s View (Nottingham Playhouse), Tosca’s Kiss, The Stepmother, Love’s Comedy, The Man Who Pays the Piper (Orange Tree), She Stoops to Conquer, Major Barbara, Wild Honey (National Theatre). National tours – Ideal Husband (Sir Peter Hall Company), Little Women, Mum’s the Word. Film includes Baar Baar Dekho. Television includes Midsomer Murders, Not Going Out, Doctors, A Touch of Frost and Never the Twain. She played Dr Baz Samuels on and off for 18 years in Casualty. She was the reciter in the world premiere of The Woman and the Hare (Nash Ensemble), the recording of which received a Grammy nomination for Best Performance.
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Performance dates and times
A Lovely Sunday For Creve Coeur
12th September – 7th October 2016
Press night: 15th September 2016 7:30pm