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"Mapp & Lucia The Musical" Press Release
(with thanks to Jenny Eldridge of Guy Chapman Associates)

FLEIGHTON PRODUCTIONS by arrangement
with ORACLE PRODUCTIONS present

MAPP AND LUCIA
A new musical play based on the works of E F Benson
Written and directed by Peter Benedict
Original music by William Hetherington

A new musical play MAPP AND LUCIA based on the E F Benson novels opens at the JERMYN STREET THEATRE on TUESDAY 13 FEBRUARY running until SATURDAY 3 MARCH  (press night THURSDAY 15 FEBRUARY at 7pm).

An hilarious musical comedy of 1930's manners and social hierarchy set in the fictional English village of Tilling, starring AIMI MACDONALD as the wily Lucia and GAYE BROWN as the evil Mapp, two feuding females in deepest Sussex.  Benson's Mapp and Lucia novels were turned into a highly successful TV series in the 1980's (starring Geraldine McEwan and Prunella Scales).

In PETER BENEDICT's new production, the rivalries, plots and melodramas of small town life are brought to life in a sparkling and inventive script which remains faithful to the spirit of Benson's original work combined with music specially written by WILLIAM HETHERINGTON

The cast for MAPP & LUCIA is: - GAYE BROWN, AIMI MACDONALD, PETER GALE, ROZ McCUTCHEON, REBECCA BARNES, RICHARD PESCUD, BARRY MARTIN, SU CHANDLER, CHARLES GRANT, PADDY GLYNN, MAUREEN MARSH

AIMI MACDONALD became well known for her part in the cult 60's comedy AT LAST THE 1948 SHOW. She has made many TV appearances including THE AVENGERS, GIVE US A CLUE and THOSE WONDERFUL SCOTTISH GIRLS with Lulu and Annie Ross, she also appeared as Susie Starlight in RENTAGHOST. Her film credits include co-starring roles in TAKE A GIRL LIKE YOU with Oliver Reed and VENDETTA with Roger Moore. Her theatre credits include starring roles in ON THE TOWN, LADY BE GOOD and THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE. GAYE BROWN worked extensively with Joan Littlewood at Theatre Royal Stratford East, credits include OH, WHAT A LOVELY WAR! She has performed in many musicals in the West End including THE RATEPAYERS IOLANTHE, 42ND STREET and TRELAWNEY OF THE WELLS. Her TV  credits include ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES and THE HOUSE OF ELLIOTT. Her film credits include A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, A TOUCH OF CLASS

E F BENSON was the eccentric son of the Archbishop of Canterbury and a prolific novelist, dramatist, short story writer and biographer.  His first novel Dodo written in 1893 was a literary sensation.  He has a devoted following which has been building for over seventy years due to the popularity of the Mapp and Lucia stories contained in six novels and two short stories.

Writer and director PETER BENEDICT trained as an actor and has performed in the West End and New York.  Peter wrote and directed the highly popular national tour of NAKED FLAME, which tours again from April 2001. His directorial credits include MACBETH with Mark McGann and Jasper Britton, the national tours of Terry Pratchett's cult GUARDS! GUARDS! with Paul Darrow, SATYRICON in London and New York, THE HARDMAN and THE JEW OF MALTA at the Donmar Warehouse. Composer WILLIAM HETHERINGTON has collaborated with Peter Benedict on numerous productions before including THE BEGGARS OPERA at Holland Park and THE CRIMINAL PROSECUTION AND CAPITAL PUNISHMENT OF ANIMALS at the Lyric.  William also writes music for radio and television including the theme tunes for EUROFILE and THE AMERICAS FILE.  Designed by DAVID SHIELDS, costumes by MICHAEL BALDWIN and musical direction by TREVOR DEFFERD.

For further press information call GUY CHAPMAN ASSOCIATES on 0207 379 7474

Aimi Macdonald, Gaye Brosn and Peter Gale as 'Lucia', 'Mapp' and 'Georgie'
- photographs supplied by Guy Chapman Associates

LISTINGS INFORMATION

MAPP AND LUCIA
Book and Lyrics by PETER BENEDICT
Original Music by WILLIAM HETHERINGTON
Based on the works of E F BENSON

TUESDAY 13 FEBRUARY Ð SATURDAY 3 MARCH 2001
JERMYN STREET THEATRE
16b JERMYN STREET
SW1
(nearest tube Piccadilly Circus)
BOX OFFICE 020 7287 2875
Plays Tuesday to Sundays
Evenings at 7.45pm
(Except Thursday 15 February at 7pm)
Sunday matinees at 3pm
NO Sunday evening performances
Tickets £15 concessions £12
 

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