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Charlotte Cornwell to star in The Lovers of Viorne

New company Frontier Theatre, founded by James Roose-Evans, will launch with this revival of Marguerite Duras’ 1968 play

Charlotte Cornwell
Charlotte Cornwell

James Roose-Evans has today announced the first production of his company Frontier Theatre Productions will be Marguerite Duras’s The Lovers Of Viorne, which will run from 3 – 21 May.

The production will take place at The Theatre Room, Frontier’s new 55 seat chamber theatre in their headquarters at 6 Frederick’s Place, London.

Roose-Evans, artistic director of Frontier, will direct Charlotte Cornwell (Helpless, Donmar Warehouse, Lady In The Dark, National Theatre) as Claire with full casting to be announced shortly.

Based on a true story of a seemingly normal person carrying out a horrific murder, Marguerite Duras' play premièred in Paris in 1968 and was first seen in the UK at the Royal Court in 1971.

Announced last year, Frontier Theatre Productions was launched by Roose-Evans, founder of the Hampstead Theatre, to showcase the work of older actors, and to allow younger members of the profession to learn from the experience of their older colleagues.

Talking today, Roose-Evans said: "I have passionately wanted to direct this challenging and deeply probing play for a long time, and now the chance has come. The play is a rich challenge to the craft of acting, with the many layers of emotion explored by Duras.

"I am particularly excited that it is the first production for Frontier, a new theatre company founded to create theatre for the Third Age. It is primarily committed to that period of life from 60 onwards which, in our youth-obsessed culture, is increasingly pushed onto the sidelines, but which is now a time of renewed vigour, of insight and wisdom."

The Lovers Of Viorne runs at The Theatre Room from 3 – 21 May 2016.