British novelist Joanna Trollope (pictured) will make the leap from page to stage for the first time this summer. An adaptation of her 2000 bestseller Marrying the Mistress receives its world premiere at Cambridge Arts Theatre on 30 August 2005 before embarking on a 26-date UK tour through to May 2006.

Adrian Lukis and Caroline Langrishe star in Trollope’s story about a distinguished judge who, after many years of marriage, announces that he’s leaving his wife to marry his younger mistress. His decision, unsurprisingly, has a shattering effect on his family, disrupting not only his life, but the lives of his children, their partners and his grandchildren.

Marrying the Mistress is one of Trollope’s most popular novels. The writer is also well known for her other works, including A Village Affair, The Best of Friends, Other People’s Children and Brother and Sister. The stage version is written and directed by David Taylor.

Lukis is currently filling in for Kevin Spacey in the Old Vic production of The Philadelphia Story, while his other recent stage credits include Dinner, The Relapse and Sleep with Me. On TV, he’s been seen in Pride and Prejudice and Peak Practice. Langrishe’s recent credits include Murderer and Our Song on stage and Judge John Deed and Lovejoy on screen. They’re joined in the Trollope cast by Jeremy Clyde, Polly Adams, Daisy Beaumont, Jaqueline Clarke, Damien Goodwin and Mat Ruttle.

Following Cambridge, the tour will visit Guildford, Milton Keynes, Clwyd, Wolverhampton, Cheltenham, Bromley, Canterbury, Sheffield, Darlington, Richmond and Windsor. Marrying the Mistress is produced by Nick Brooke Ltd and Kenneth Wax Ltd.

- by Caroline Ansdell