Hamilton & Horrocks Revive Poliakoff Panic, 6 NovDate: 26 September 2003
In the thriller, first seen at Hampstead Theatre in 1996, Hamilton plays a child psychologist whose understanding of contemporary life is brought into question when she finds herself stalked by the mother (Horrocks) of one of her young clients.
Hamilton has recently returned from Broadway where she was nominated for a Best Actress Tony for her performance opposite Eddie Izzard in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, a production which, during its West End run, also earned her an Olivier nomination and won her the 2002 Whatsonstage.com Award for Best Actress. Her other recent stage credits have included As You Like It, King Lear, Troilus and Cressida and last year's Home and Beauty (pictured).
On stage, Horrocks is best known for playing the diva-mimicking LV in Jim Cartwright's 1993 Olivier Award-winning comedy The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, which she reprised in the 1998 film version, Little Voice. She's also a familiar screen face for her role as Bubbles in TV's Absolutely Fabulous and for other films such as Life Is Sweet, Born Romantic and Memphis Belle.
The cast of Sweet Panic will also include John Gordon Sinclair (The Real Thing, Kafka's Dick, She Loves Me on stage, Gregory's Girl on film), Daniela Denby Ashe and newcomer Rupert Evans.
Poliakoff's many other plays include Blinded by the Sun, Breaking the Silence, City Sugar, Clever Soldiers, Favourite Nights, Remember This and Talk of the City, while amongst his television screenplays are Almost Strangers (which featured Lindsay Duncan and Michael Gambon) and this year's The Lost Prince. He will also direct.
Currently at the Duke of York's, Shared Experience's production of After Mrs Rochester, which stars Diana Quick as Wide Sargasso Sea novelist Jean Rhys, is due to finish its extended season on 1 November 2003. It opened on 22 July 2003 (previews from 16 July), following a regional tour.
- by Terri Paddock