Star Quality Confirms West End Closing, 23 MarDate: 5 March 2002
Star Quality, starring Penelope Keith (pictured) and Una Stubbs, has confirmed that it will end its West End run at the end of its current booking period on 23 March 2002. The new adaptation of Noel Coward's comedy transferred to the West End's Apollo Theatre, following a two-month regional tour, on 30 October 2001 (previews from 23 October). It had originally been booking to 22 December 2001 but twice extended its run.
The play, adapted from a Coward short story and directed by Christopher Luscombe, relates the battle of egos that accompanies the staging of a new work. A backstage world of talent and treachery is revealed, peopled by a temperamental leading lady, a ruthless director and a jaded set of old troupers.
Penelope Keith (best known for her roles in TV sitcoms The Good Life and To the Manor Born) and Una Stubbs (from TV's 'Till Death Do Us Part) are joined in the cast by Russell Boulter, Peter Celler, Nick Fletcher, Nick Waring and Marjorie Yates. The production is designed by Tim Goodchild with lighting by Rick Fisher. It is presented in the West End by Bill Kenwright.
It has not yet been announced what will follow Star Quality into the Apollo Theatre, although there seems to be no shortage of productions jostling for West End berths.
- by Terri Paddock