Abigail's Steadman Returns for Hampstead LouisDate: 9 December 2004
Alison Steadman (pictured) will return next month to north Londonís Hampstead Theatre, where she made her name more than 25 years ago with Abigailís Party. Sheíll star in the world premiere of Simon Mendes da Costaís Losing Louis, which runs from 24 January to 19 February 2005 (previews from 20 January).
Only Mendes da Costaís second fully staged play, Losing Louis follows Table for One, his first play, which was staged at Londonís fringe The Hen and Chickens in 2001. In the new comedy, secrets that refuse to be buried erupt as family members are brought together to face it out in the bedroom where all the confusion began.
Since her seminal role as excruciating hostess Beverly in Mike Leighís 1977 Hampstead production of Abigailís Party, which was televised for the BBCís Play for Today, Steadmanís many stage credits have included Joking Apart, Kafka's Dick, Maydays, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, When We Are Married, The Provok'd Wife, Entertaining Mr Sloane, The Memory of Water, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Marvinís Room and The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband. On screen, sheís appeared in Fat Friends, Pride and Prejudice, Shirley Valentine, Life Is Sweet and Topsy Turvy.
Steadman is joined in the cast of Losing Louis by Lynda Bellingham (TVís At Home with the Braithwaites, All Creatures Great and Small), Jason Durr (TVís Heartbeat, seen earlier this year in Follow My Leader at Hampstead), David Horovitch (TVís Foyleís War, The Lucky Ones, An Experiment with an Air-Pump at Hampstead) and Brian Protheroe (Three Sisters, Pericles, The Sisters Rosensweig).
Losing Louis is directed by Robin Lefevre and designed by Liz Ascroft, with lighting by Mick Hughes. Itís supported by the Peter Wolff Theatre Trust and theatreshare plc.
- by Terri Paddock