Veteran stage actresses Marcia Warren and Susannah York will both premiere new plays on the London fringe this month, starring respectively in: Catherine Anne’s 3 Women at Hammersmith’s Riverside Studios and DMW Greer’s Alice Virginia at Hampstead’s New End Theatre.

Opening tonight (10 March, preview 9 March) and continuing to 27 March, 3 Women, a black comedy about mistaken identity, is set in a provincial French town. Joelle is sent to look after the rich but bitter old woman Madame Chevalier, who believes Joelle to be her long lost granddaughter. First seen in France in 2000, this new production - directed by Marianne Badrichani and translated by Solvene Tiffou - marks the play’s UK premiere.

Warren won a 2002 Olivier Award for her performance in Humble Boy and was most recently seen in the West End in Arsenic and Old Lace. She’s joined in the cast of 3 Women by Ann Firbank (Dance of Death) and Camilla Rutherford (Gosford Park).

Alice Virginia (pictured) - the second play from the author of the Olivier Award-winning Burning Blue - receives its world premiere on 15 March 2004 (previews from 10 March) at the New End, where it continues until 10 April.

Billed as “Tennessee Williams meets Postcards from the Edge”, the play is set in the American Deep South of the 1950s and the present day and explores the relationship between a beautiful Southern matriarch (Susannah York) and her troubled daughter. Who is the mysterious Alice Virginia?

York’s recent stage credits include Peter Pan, Picasso's Women, Amy's View and her one-woman show The Loves of Shakespeare’s Women as well as, for the RSC, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Camino Real and Hamlet. Her many screen credits include Tunes of Glory, The Killing of Sister George, They Shoot Horses Don't They, A Second Chance and We'll Meet Again.

In Cathrine Meister-Petersen’s premiere production, York is joined by Amanda Boxer (The Graduate) and Andrew Halliday (Over My Shoulder, The Phantom of the Opera, City of Angels).

- by Terri Paddock