In March of this year, Theakston (pictured) made his West End debut in Yasmina Reza's long-running comedy Art, in which he appeared with actor-director-writer Luscombe. Best known as a Radio One DJ and presenter on television offerings such as Top of the Pops, The Priory and children's show Live and Kicking, in his younger days, Theakston was a member of the National Youth Theatre.
Hamilton was nominated for an Olivier and won this year's Whatsonstage.com Award for Best Actress for her performance in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Her other recent stage credits have included As You Like It, King Lear and Troilus and Cressida.
She and Theakston are joined in the Home and Beauty cast by Alexander Armstrong, Cate Debenham-Taylor, Jane How, Cameron Blakely, Charles Kay, Lisa Roberts and Matthew Duquenoy. The new production is designed by Simon Higglet.
Written in 1923, Maugham's comedy revolves around the marital complications of a returning First World War hero. Though now best remembered for his novels such as Of Human Bondage and The Moon and Sixpence, W Somerset Maugham wrote many plays, including East of Suez, The Letter, Cakes and Ales, Sheppey, The Land of Promise and The Circle, currently being revived on tour with Wendy Craig and Tony Britton.
The Constant Wife, starring Jenny Seagrove, first opened in the West End at the Albery Theatre on 11 April 2002, before transferring to the Lyric on 2 July. It will finish its West End run on 12 October. Both productions are presented by Bill Kenwright.
- by Terri Paddock
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