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Previewed 19 October 2010, Opened 27 October 2010, Closed 26 February 2011 at the Garrick Theatre in London
A major revival of JB Priestly's comedy When We Are Married in London featuring an 'all star' West End cast directed by Christopher Luscombe.
Set in 1908 in Clecklewyke in the heart of Northern England where three well-to-do West Yorkshire couples - the Parkers, Soppitts and Helliwells - who where all married on the same day, at the same church, and by the same vicar, join together to celebrate 25 years of blissful matrimony. But disaster strikes with the shocking revelation that the vicar who married them wasn't actually licensed - these pillars of the church and the community, aren't as respectably married as they thought they were! Home truths fly like confetti, an old flame returns and other uninvited guests start to call. With a photographer from the local paper due to arrive, a missing housekeeper and a doorbell that wont stop ringing, can the three couples keep a lid on their embarrassing secret or will the neighbours find out, destroying their standing in the community.
The ensemble cast for this production of When We Are Married in London features Simon Rouse and Michele Dotrice as 'Albert and Annie Parker', David Horovitch and Susie Blake as 'Joseph and Maria Helliwell', Sam Kelly and Maureen Lipman as 'Herbert and Clara Soppitt' with Rosemary Ashe as 'Lottie Grady', Lynda Baron as 'Mrs Northrop', Roy Hudd as 'Henry Ormonroyd' and Vincent Brimble as 'Rev Clement Mercer' along with Laura Haddock as 'Nancy', Jodie McNee as 'Ruby Birtle', Peter Sandys-Clarke as 'Gerald Forbes' and Tom Shaw as 'Fred Dyson'. The production is directed by Christopher Luscombe with designs by Simon Higlett, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Jason Barnes.
"At first, the play seems to be concerned merely with the farcical business of how the shameful truth should be kept from the neighbours. Then, as the characters realise the possibilities posed by not being coupled, it gets a bit more searching... The high point comes when hen-pecked Herbert Soppitt dares to defy Clara, because she isn't his wife. Herbert seems to find his backbone and grow 6ft, and Clara, who has spent most of the past 25 years carping and sniping collapses like a souffle. Christopher Luscombe's loving revival - the Edwardian parlour, all frills and flourishes gets a round of applause - is similarly stuffed with delightful performances, from a line-up of vintage vaudevillians. Old-fashioned fun." The Mail on Sunday
"In 1908, in Cleckleywyke, Yorkshire, Alderman Joseph Helliwell and his wife and two more joyless couples are celebrating their joint 25th wedding anniversary the only way they know how: by eating too much. The shocking news that they were not legally wed and so are unmarried provokes the arrival of a succession of disreputable characters to undermine the strait-laced household... As the couples struggle to cope with being single again, it's the turning worms that fare best in Christopher Luscombe's sturdy production... Simon Higlett's parlour set is a marvellous example of Edwardian clutter, making the perfect background for this very cosy comedy." The Sunday Times
"We clearly want nostalgia. We see it with the success of Downton Abbey on television, and here it is on stage in a production of When We Are Married, which boasts stalwarts such as Maureen Lipman, Roy Hudd and Lynda Baron. It's a farce, so the story is simple enough. Three Yorkshire industrialists are celebrating their silver wedding anniversaries; then something goes wrong, but not too wrong... Christopher Luscombe, keeps it trivial, makes the most of the bigname character actors (yes, Hudd and Lipman are good), and enraptures his audience." The Sunday Telegraph
When We Are Married in London at the Garrick Theatre previewed from 19 October 2010, opened on 27 October 2010 and closed on 26 February 2011.