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Maureen Lipman is likely to return to the West End in the new year. Her last major appearance was in 2000 in Alan Plater's Peggy for You, which transferred to the Comedy Theatre from Hampstead, while her other recent stage credits include Sitting Pretty, Oklahoma! and The Vagina Monologues. The actress has now been signed up to star in theatre critic-turned-director Sheridan Morley's production of Enid Bagnold's The Chalk Garden (See The Goss, 10 Apr 2002). The 1951 play - about an old woman's attempts to find a governess (the mysterious Miss Madrigal, played by Lipman) to help tame an unruly granddaughter and an unruly garden - was Bagnold's biggest stage success. It enjoyed runs on both Broadway and in the West End and was made into a 1964 film starring Hayley Mills, Deborah Kerr, John Mills and Edith Evans. Morley's stage revival, being produced by Bill Kenwright, will embark on a spring 2003 tour ahead of an anticipated West End transfer.

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