|Posted by Jane Asher webmistress on July 17, 2015 at 2:30 PM|
Some pictures of the preview night (July 15th) and press night (July 16th) of "The Gathered Leaves" play have been posted at the album.
The Park Theatre’s production of The Gathered Leaves is quite the family affair after father/son duo Alexander and Tom Hanson join Jane Asher and her daughter Katie Scarfe in the show’s world premiere.
The drama about a family that comes together for the first time in more than 17 years will play at the Park200 from 15 July to 15 August.
Clive Francis heads up the family as 74-year-old William alongside Asher as his on-stage wife Olivia. Alexander and Tom play father and son Giles and Simon in the production.
Alongside Hanson and Asher’s real-life daughter Scarfe, Nick Sampson completes the family’s second generation as Samuel, while completing the line-up as the trio’s children, Emily and Aurelia, are Georgina Beedle and Amber James.
Described by Francis as “An exemplary piece of writing, wittily bittersweet and very disturbing”, The Gathered Leaves centres on the Pennington family as they gather with the aim of putting the past well and truly behind them.
The production is directed by Antony Eden.
“This could well transfer to the West End – but I’d recommend catching The Gathered Leaves right now…. A top notch 11-strong cast…. [Jane] Asher gives a performance of serene elegance, [Clive] Francis is unpredictably loveable as well as breathtakingly crushing, [Alex] Hanson gives a superb understated performance, Nick Sampson deserves an award for his overwhelmingly touching depiction… A must see drama.”
★ ★ ★ ★ The Times
“…replete with scenes of charged emotional intensity and moments of safety-valve humour, you’re drawn into a recognisable uptight world of simmering resentments, recriminations and rifts. Clive Francis is fantastic… Nick Sampson is superb…. Hugely impressive.”
★ ★ ★ ★ The Telegraph
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