Angela Thorne and Tony Britton star in a new production of 20th-century Russian dramatist Aleksei Arbuzov's Old World, which embarks on a three-month UK tour next week. The tour opens on 9 June 2003 at Norwich's Theatre Royal before continuing until 30 August 2003 to nine further venues.

Translated by Ariadne Nicolaeff, Old World is a two-hander about Rodion and Lydia, a doctor and a patient in a Russian sanatorium in the late. Lydia recites poetry in the middle of the night and, at first light each morning, bursts into song, upsetting everyone on the ward. She is the tired doctor's most difficult and exasperating patient.

Old World had its West End premiere in 1976 in an RSC production starring the late Dame Peggy Ashcroft and Anthony Quayle. Arbuzov's many other plays include Class, The Distant Road, A Meeting with Youth, The Years of Wandering, Irkutsk Story, Cruel Games and The Promise.

Angela Thorne's West End theatre credits include Communicating Doors A Midsummer Night's Dream and Quartet. She's also known for television roles in To the Manor Born, Midsomer Murders, Noah's Ark, Three Up Two Down, Anyone for Denis? and Cold Comfort Farm.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Tony Britton became the most famous Professor Henry Higgins since Rex Harrison when he starred in not one, but two separate productions of My Fair Lady, touring the UK and North America and enjoying several years in the West End. Amongst his other London credits are The Doctor's Dilemma at and Jeffrey Archer's The Accused, while on tour, he was seen last year in Hobson's Choice. His films include There's a Girl in My Soup, Sunday Bloody Sunday and The Day of the Jackal.

Following Norwich, Old World visits Oxford, Northampton, Malvern, Windsor, Southend, Sheffield, Guildford, Plymouth and Colchester. The tour is presented by Ivan Hale Associates.


To WIN one of ten pairs of tickets Old World - at Sheffield, Windsor or Southend - click here. Competition ends 1 July 2003.