|Posted on May 29, 2015 at 8:50 AM|
Jane Asher will star alongside her daughter Katie Scarfe in the world premiere of Andrew Keatley’s The Gathered Leaves at the Park Theatre this summer.
The production, which is directed by current The Woman In Black star Antony Eden, will bring its tale of family history, reputation and expectation to the Finsbury Park venue from 16 July to 15 August.
Star of Alfie and Brideshead Revisited, Asher, whose recent stage credits include Pride And Prejudice at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, will lead the family drama that charts the story of the Penningtons as they gather together on the eve of William’s 75th birthday for the first time in more than 17 years.
She is joined by her daughter Scarfe, whose London stage credits include Mercury Fur at the Trafalgar Studios and Season’s Greetings at the National Theatre, with further casting still to be announced.
“The Gathered Leaves is a quite terrific play, one of the best I’ve read for a long time. A family saga up there with Apologia and The Last of the Haussmans – and even maybe August: Osage County.” Nick Hern, Nick Hern Books.
Jane Asher said, “I’ve always believed that theatre should be all about the writer: the actor’s job is to put across the work to its full potential, and to be doing that for the very first time with a brand new play has always been my favourite kind of stage work. So I’m particularly excited about ‘The Gathered Leaves’, not only a brilliant and wonderfully written new play, but being staged in a new, beautiful London theatre. And – I’ve wanted to work with Katie for many years, so when I heard she had been cast as my stage daughter in the play the whole project became even more special. I can’t wait!”
Katie Scarfe said, “I’m thrilled to be working on this exciting new piece of writing at such a vibrant and fresh London venue. It will be fascinating to have the opportunity to use a real relationship to inform an on-stage one, and I can’t wait to start rehearsals.”
The production will open in the Park Theatre’s largest auditorium Park200 prior to Nick Darke’s The Dead Monkey, starring James Lance, which opens in the venue’s more intimate Park90 space.
Preview: Wednesday 15 July
Press night: Thursday 16 July
Performances 15 July – 15 August
Running Time: TBC
Booking: www.parktheatre.co.uk 020 7870 6876
Prices: Preview £15, Full £20 / £25, Concessions £18
£12.50 Tuesdays Residents with N. London postcode or Under 25s
Pay What You Can on any matinee. Bookable from one hour before the performance, in person at the box office. One ticket per person. Subject to availability.