Maureen Lipman directs & stars in Barefoot in the Park tour
Date: 9 March 2012
Maureen Lipman will direct and star in a new production of Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, which kicks off a national tour at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford from 28 March to 7 April 2012.
Simon’s 1963 romantic comedy was a hit on Broadway and subsequently received the Hollywood treatment in 1967 starring original cast member Robert Redford alongside Jane Fonda.
The play follows the lives of newlyweds Paul and Corrie Bratter as they adjust to married life in a tiny New York apartment. Paul is a straight-laced lawyer, whilst Corrie is a free spirit who won't let anything disturb her romantic bliss. But will love survive in the face of bad plumbing, a leaky skylight, five flights of stairs, eccentric neighbour Victor and, to top it all, Corrie's well-meaning but batty mother?
Lipman, who describes directing Barefoot in the Park as “a long-held ambition”, has previously starred in Bath in Neil Simon’s Lost In Yonkers as well as Re:Joyce!, Peggy For You and Glorious! She won an Olivier Award for her performance in Oklahoma! at the National Theatre.
She’ll be joined in the cast of Barefoot in the Park by Oliver Cotton, Dominic Tighe and Faye Castelow.
Following its run in Guildford, the production will visit: Malvern Theatres (9-14 April), Theatre Royal, Bath (16-21 April), The Playhouse, Oxford (23-28 April), Richmond Theatre (30 April-5 May) and the Arts Theatre, Cambridge (7-12 May).
- by Theo Bosanquet
|An excellent play, brilliant script and fast paced - nicely directed by Miss Lipman who is excellent as the batty mother. The rest of the cast are equally good. A great night out! - Richard Malin||26 Apr 12|
|I agree, hardly a 'National' tour. Manchester is not exactly the back of beyond. We would love to see this here - why not come and visit us? - Gail Tenenbaum||19 Apr 12|
|Not a National Tour? We have wonderful Theatres north of London. How can people in the Northwest get to see it? - Jane||12 Apr 12|
|Yet again - National Tour? Website says southwest but Exeter doesn't feature, let alone Barnstaple! Both have great theatres. Would love to have seen this but just too far away. Please include us! - Jackie||09 Apr 12|
|Gareth - I agree, yet again "national" means able to get back to London before it gets dark. - alan||08 Apr 12|
|A lovely Play, nicely staged & a great cast too...I Loved it, it deserve's a West End run... - Tim||04 Apr 12|
|Please Please bring this show to the North West ie The Lowery Theatre at Salford Quays or Liverpool etc - Les||03 Apr 12|
|Just seen it - it is the funniest play I have ever seen - Jo M||29 Mar 12|
|National tour? The furthest north it gets is Malvern. Hardly national... - Gareth||11 Mar 12|
|Oh dear, this one has form. Does nobody remember THE SUNSHINE BOYS in Edinburgh 93, directed by a certain Ms Lipman? Götterdämmerung, without the laughs. What is it with N. Simon anyway? Has any Brit. EVER found any of his plays funny? Best of luck Mo. - Coral||10 Mar 12|
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