Casting is announced for the UK tour of Two Cigarettes in the Dark, a brand new play by Stephen Wyatt, directed by Alan Strachan, designed by Simon Higlett and produced by Jonathan Church Theatre Productions and Cambridge Arts Theatre.
As previously announced Dame Penelope Keith (renowned for her many acclaimed roles on stage and television including iconic sitcoms The Good Life and To The Manor Born) will play Isabel. She will be joined by Liza Goddard (whose extensive credits include numerous plays by Alan Ayckbourn, most recently the UK tour of Relatively Speaking, and TV classics such as Bergerac and Doctor Who) as Gwen. Michael Lumsden (who plays regular character Alistair Lloyd in Radio 4’s The Archers and is currently on stage performing in While the Sun Shines at The Orange Tree Theatre) will play Matt.
Natasha Magigi (whose stage credits include Pericles, Twelfth Night and The Comedy of Errors for The Globe, Don Quixote for the RSC and The County Wife for Chichester Festival Theatre) will play Winsome. Timothy Watson (known for his long-running role as Rob Titchener in Radio 4’s The Archers and recent stage credits such as the UK tour
of The Winslow Boy, Shadowlands at Chichester Festival Theatre and Beaux’ Stratagem at National Theatre) will play Luke. The company also includes Juliet Garricks (who makes her professional stage debut with the production) and Hilary Tones (who was most recently on stage in C’est La Vie… Sarah Bernhardt And Me at The Playground Theatre and A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian at Hull Truck).
Bright, witty, and fiercely independent, Isabel is not ready to let go just yet. In a series of encounters with an old friend and her two sons, by turns funny, startling and poignant, home truths are exchanged, and her past begins to emerge. As Isabel confronts her own hidden regrets and family secrets, we learn what hides below the surface of this proud mother, wife, and friend. Finally, Isabel is able to make peace with her life and say goodbye.
This bittersweet comedy will tour next year to Chichester Festival Theatre (17 – 26 February), Cambridge Arts Theatre (3 March – 12 March), Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford (14 – 19 March), New Theatre, Cardiff (22 – 26 March), Richmond Theatre (28 March – 2 April), Theatre Royal Brighton (4 – 9 April), Theatre Royal Bath (19 – 23 April) and Malvern Theatres (25 – 30 April). Press Night will be on Friday 4 March at Cambridge Arts Theatre.
Two Cigarettes in the Dark is written by Stephen Wyatt, directed by Alan Strachan and designed by Simon Higlett. The lighting designer is Jason Taylor, sound design is by Gregory Clarke and casting is by Helena Palmer CDG.
TWO CIGARETTES IN THE DARK
Writer – Stephen Wyatt
Director – Alan Strachan
Designer – Simon Higlett
Lighting Designer – Jason Taylor
Sound Designer – Gregory Clarke
Casting Director – Helena Palmer CDG
17 – 26 February 2022
Chichester Festival Theatre
3 March – 12 March 2022
Cambridge Arts Theatre
14 – 19 March 2022
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
22 – 26 March 2022
New Theatre, Cardiff
28 March – 2 April
4 – 9 April 2022
Brighton Theatre Royal
19 – 23 April
Theatre Royal Bath
26 – 30 April