Finborough Theatre Presents VARIATION ON A THEME, 25 Feb - 22 March

The first ever production in more than fifty years of Terence Rattigan's Variation on a Themeopens at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre in a strictly limited four-week season fromTuesday, 25 February 2014, starring twice Olivier Award nominated Rachael Stirling.

Inspired by La Dame aux Camelias, and set amidst the glamorous and exotic society of the 1950's French Riviera, Variation on a Theme revolves around the tempestuous love affair between Rose, a beautiful and worldly socialite, and Ron, a young bisexual ballet dancer with a keen eye for social advancement.

In an emotionally charged story of desire and disillusionment, Rose is persuaded by Ron's choreographer and mentor, Sam, to sacrifice her personal happiness for the sake of her young lover's success and career. But as Rose's health deteriorates, and Ron is faced with the loveless reality of their separation, they finally face up to their need to be needed...

A forgotten classic, this will be the first production of the play anywhere in the world since its original 1958 premiere when it was directed by John Gielgud, and starred Margaret Leighton and Jeremy Brett.

The cast of Variation on a theme is as follows:

Emma Amos (Mona): Theatre includes 66 Books Writer Neil La Bute (Bush Theatre), Hay Fever (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Accidental Death of an Annarchist (Donmar Warehouse), The Servant (Lyric Hammersmith), Gracenote (The Old Vic), Sweet Bird of Youth and The Birthday Party (National Theatre). Television includes Silent Witness, Poirot, My Family, Heartbeat, The Last Detective, Midsomer Murders, Good Night Sweetheart and Moving Story.

Rebecca Birch (Fiona): Theatre includes Relative Values (Theatre Royal, Bath), Health Wealth (Old Vic New Voices),Pygmalion (Chichester Festival Theatre and Garrick Theatre) and The Master Builder (Chichester Festival Theatre). Films include Long Forgotten Fields, D-Effects, The Lost Boy and Welcome to Leathermill.

Phil Cheadle (Kurt): Theatre includes Blue Remembered Hills (Northern Stage), Events While Guarding The Bofors Gun(Finborough Theatre), Neighbourhood Watch, Dear Uncle (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough),Bedlam and Henry IV Parts I and II (Shakespeare's Globe).

Martin McCreadie (Ron): Martin is the winner of Best Actor at 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival for his portrayal of Alex DeLarge in A Clockwork Orange (Soho Theatre and Australia Tour). Theatre includes Romeo and Juliet (Camden People's Theatre), Trainspotting, The Long and the Short and the Tall (Playhouse Theatre) and Frankenstein (Frantic Assembly).

Rachael Stirling (Rose): Rachael has been twice nominated for an Olivier Award. Theatre includes Medea (UK Tour), The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse), An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Rose Theatre, Kingston), The Priory (Royal Court Theatre), Pygmalion (Theatre Royal Bath and Japan), Uncle Vanya (Wilton's Music Hall), Look Back In Anger (Theatre Royal Bath), Tamburlaine (Bristol Old Vic). Television includes The Bletchley Circle, Doctor Who, Boy Meets Girl and Tipping the Velvet.

David Shelley (Sam): Theatre includes Happiness (King's Head Theatre), Betrayal (Gala Theatre, Durham), Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It (English Shakespeare Company) and Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet(Royal Shakespeare Company).

Susan Tracy (Hettie): Theatre includes Rattigan's Nijinsky, The Deep Blue Sea, Playhouse Creatures (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Relapse, Three Sisters, Anna Christie, Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company), Much Ado About Nothing (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park), Long Day's Journey into Night (Cambridge Theatre Company), Denial (Bristol Old Vic), Anything Goes (National Theatre and Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Richard II and Inherit the Wind (The Old Vic).

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