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Trevor Nunn’s Relative Values at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Wednesday, 19th Feb 2014  

Noel Coward’s Famous Play Previously Appeared at the Theatre Royal Bath in 2013 and Stars Patricia Hodge, Caroline Quentin, Rory Bremner and Ben Manfield

Last year, audiences at the Theatre Royal Bath witnessed Noel Coward’s famous 1950s play Relative Values with Patricia Hodge, Caroline Quentin, Rory Bremner and Ben Manfield in lead roles. The venue is no stranger to presenting work from the well known playwright and having them transfer to the West End (Blithe Spirit is among those that did this in 2011) and with this in mind it is no surprise to see the show head to the Harold Pinter Theatre in London in 2014.

Relative Values explores a culture clash between English aristocracy and Hollywood stars, with a young earl in 1950s Kent intending to marry a well known Hollywood actress. But complications arise when it is discovered that their maid, Moxie, is the mother of the potential bride. To try to calm the situation that try to pass Moxie off as an equal.

The first time it was seen by London theatre audiences was in 1951 when it premiered at the Savoy Theatre with Coward himself directing. It would eventually make the transition (albeit many years later) to New York and, in 2000, to the big screen.

Among the cast members is Caroline Quentin, who is best known for her television work, which has seen her appear in various comedy programmes (as well as comedy radio work), with roles in shows like Men Behaving Badly, Jonathan Creek, Kiss Me Kate and Life Of Riley, among others, in addition to appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Have I Got News For You. She is also known for appearing as part of the original cast of Les Misérables at the Barbican Theatre and, this year, in Oh What A Lovely War at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Rory Bremner is also known for comedy work, in particular as a television impressionist in the likes of Bremner, Bird And Fortune. Patricia Hodge, meanwhile, is an Olivier-Award winning stage actress who is also known for appearing in the comedy series Miranda.

With Coward’s Blithe Spirit appearing at the Gielgud Theatre this year it is a good time to witness the work of the famous playwright. Relative Values, under the direction of Trevor Nunn, follows Being Shakespeare and Mojo at the Harold Pinter Theatre from Monday 14th April 2014 (previews from Wednesday 19th March 2014) to Saturday 21st June 2014.

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