Marlene… as you’ve never seen her before…
Well just what would Boycie say…? Sue Holderness, who played his long-suffering wife Marlene in Only Fools and Horses, is to play a character with a background even murkier than Boycie’s in a play.
Sue will star with Christopher Timothy and Emily Woodward in a brand new production of Bernard Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession which will open at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham later this month before going on a national tour.
Vivie Warren, a young Cambridge graduate, is horrified to learn that her education and entire luxurious life-style has been financed by her mother’s career in the world’s oldest profession!
Says Sue: “I’m very excited to be back at the Everyman in Cheltenham and to be taking Mrs Warren’s Profession on tour to some gorgeous venues. It’s such a terrific play and Mrs Warren is a wonderful character to play. I seem to be typecast as an old tart!!”
Due to its frank portrayal of Mrs Warren’s profession, this rarely performed and ground-breaking play was originally banned in England by the Lord Chamberlain. Written in 1894, it was not allowed a public performance for the next thirty years and during its first performance in New York, the police stopped the play and arrested the cast!
George Bernard Shaw’s period drama is full of insight and humane understanding, with moments of comedy as well as pathos and ranks as one of his masterpieces alongside Pygmalion; Saint Joan and Man and Superman.
The role of Mrs Warren is considered to be one of the greatest female acting roles and this production explores the choices women of the time were forced to make. It is arguably one of the earliest feminist plays.
Mrs Warren’s Profession will be performed at the Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ from Friday 19th until Saturday 27th June. Evenings: Tue – Sat 7.45pm Matinees: Thu & Sat 2pm Tickets: £13 – £28 available from the Box Office on 01242 572573
The production will then go on tour to :
Salisbury Playhouse – 30th June – 4th July
Exeter Northcott Theatre – 7th – 11th July
Oxford Playhouse – 14th – 18th July
Cambridge Arts Theatre – 21st – 25th July
Malvern Theatres – 28th July to 1st August