Rufus Norris’ production of The Country Girl opened last night (11 October 2010) at the Apollo Theatre, bringing together Judge John Deed stars Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove on stage.

The play, which centres on the fraught relationship between an alcoholic actor and his wife, sees Shaw return to the Apollo, having appeared in the 1983 production of the play in a different role. The show's previous outing was also produced by Bill Kenwright, who has his first big West End hit with the show.

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The Country Girl was made into an Oscar-winning film starring Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly in 1954. The play was revived on Broadway in 2008 with Morgan Freeman and Frances McDormand.

Shaw and Seagrove are joined in the cast by Mark Letheren, Peter Harding, Nicholas Day, Luke Shaw and Thomasin Rand.

Prior to London, The Country Girl played a regional tour with dates in Windsor, Leeds, Richmond, Shrewsbury, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Malvern, Birmingham, Bath and Brighton, where it played until 2 October. It replaces Howard Davies' acclaimed revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons at the Apollo.