In October 2011 the Arts Theatre will welcome a play that is no stranger to the West End – “The Killing of Sister George” – though it first appeared in the London theatre district back in 1964 when Beryl Reid played the title character – and in doing so will also welcome the actress Meera Syal to its stage. The play is a look at a character whose fictional persona is better known to those around her than the reality of the life she leads and will also feature Belinda Lang under the direction of Iqbal Khan.
The play also appeared in Broadway in 1966 then, shortly after, was also adapted into a movie in 1968 that was directed by Robert Aldrich.
In “The Killing of Sister George” we soon learn that the character of Sister George is a fictional one – even in the world of the play – and she is in fact a character portrayed by June Buckridge (Syal) in a BBC radio soap. Unknown to her audience, Buckbridge is the antithesis of her public persona – instead of a caring nurse she is an alcoholic and sadistic woman who mistreats Alice McNaught, her roommate. Soon the character of Sister George is axed and producer Mrs Mercy (Lang) confronts her and her lifestyle.
Meera Syal is best known to audiences in the United Kingdom for her role on the television programmes “Goodness Gracious Me” and “The Kumars at No. 42”, though she has also appeared in a wealth of other television programmes over the years, from “Doctor Who” to “Holby City”. She has also appeared in various stage productions in the capital, including Shirley Valentine” at the Trafalgar Studios and Menier Chocolate Factory. She has also regularly worked as a writer with credits such as the recent “Shirley Valentine”, as well as the television shows “Beautiful People” and “Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee”.
Meanwhile, Belinda Lang has also appeared in various television programmes, from “2point4 Children” to “Second Thoughts”, plus guest appearances in the likes of “Doctors” and “My Family”.
“The Killing of Sister George” appears at the Arts Theatre alongside other recently announced shows like “A British Subject” and “A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson”. It runs from Wednesday 5th October 2011 to Saturday 29th October 2011.
|Booking From:||Wednesday, 5th October 2011|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 29th October 2011|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 3pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
|Running Time:||2 hours 30 minutes|
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