Imogen Stubbs and Doreen Mantle to star in Ibsen’s Little Eyolf at Jermyn Street Theatre

Fresh from her glittering performance as Amanda Prynne in Private Lives at Manchester Royal Exchange, Imogen Stubbs is to star opposite Doreen Mantle and Jonathan Cullen in Henrik Ibsen’s 1894 masterpiece Little Eyolf at Jermyn Street Theatre this May.  Joining them in the cast are Nadine Lewington, Robin Pearce Finn Bennett and Lino Faciol.

The production comes hot on the heels of Jermyn Street’s sell-out world premier of Terence Rattigan’s Less Than Kind, and continues the theatre’s artistic policy, under the stewardship of Gene David Kirk, of presenting both little performed European and American classics and vibrant new plays and musicals.

Exploring the tension between personal responsibility and high expectations from life and delving into themes of change and the quest for redemption, Little Eyolf was described by George Bernard Shaw as a tragedy that ‘tempts us in spite of ourselves’.

Eyolf is a nine year old boy on crutches. His ambitious father, Alfred Allmers, (Cullen) returns from the mountains with a new determination to cease his life’s work as a writer and dedicate his passions to his son. His life and his relationship with his wife Rita (Stubbs) is irrevocably damaged by Eyolf’s drowning. In the aftermath, the parents sink into recrimination and guilt, and then attempt to rise in a spiritual rebirth.

Anthony Biggs is Associate Director of Jermyn Street Theatre, where he has directed the premieres of Stewart Permutt’s Many Roads To Paradise and the musical All I Want For Christmas.  He has also developed and produced the premiere of Words Of Honour:The Mafia Exposed for the Assembly Rooms Edinburgh and Jermyn Street Theatre. Other directing credits include Fraser Grace’s Gorgons and Beth Steele’s Temptations for Decade, Sam Shepard’s Savage/Love, Amir The Lost Prince of Persia and The Working Girl (all Theatre503), This Story of Yours (Old Red Lion), Carolyn Pertwee and Ros Adler’s Between Friends (OSO Barnes) Brecht’s The Wedding (Edinburgh Festival and tour), Hounslow West and Piccadilly Circus (Urban Scrawl), and Francis Turnly’s Hiding with Claire Goose, Tanya Franks and Michael Smiley (Watford Palace).

Jermyn Street Theatre’s recent critically acclaimed production Tennessee Williams’ The Two-Character Play, directed by Gene David Kirk is to transfer to Provincetown, USA this September for the writer’s 100th Birthday celebrations.  Following that the production will move on to New Haven.

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