Michael Praed to Star in THE WHITE CARNATION at Jermyn Street Theatre from Feb 4
Following a critically acclaimed and sell-out run at the Finborough Theatre, the first production in sixty years of R. C. Sherriff's supernatural drama, The White Carnation transfers for a limited three week run to Jermyn Street Theatre, opening on Tuesday, 4 February 2014 (Press Night: Thursday, 6 February 2014 at 7.30pm). The show stars Michael Praed (Design for Living - West End, Robin of Sherwood, Dynasty) who joins the existing superlative Finborough Theatre cast, which includes acclaimed newcomer Daisy Boulton and Benjamin Whitrow (Mr. Bennet in BBC's Pride and Prejudice).
Winter, 1951. As Britain rebuilds itself after the war, John Greenwood has it all - a successful business, a beautiful home and an aristocratic wife. But as he bids farewell to the guests leaving his annual house party, a gust of wind slams the front door shut, starting a chain of events that makes him doubt everything he has ever known...
From the writer of one of the 20th century's most acclaimed plays, Journey's End and countless screenplays including Goodbye Mr. Chips, The Dam Busters and Mrs. Miniver, The White Carnation is a ghostly tale of one man's chance to do things differently. This revival marks the first production since its premiere, starring Sir Ralph Richardson, in 1953 and is directed by Knight Mantell whose sell-out production of The Art of Concealment garnered rave reviews at Jermyn Street Theatre in 2012.
Playwright R. C. Sherriff was born in 1896, and remains best known for his classic First World War masterpiece, Journey's End, recently revived for a long run in the West End - "Recent revivals have suggested that Sherriff's drama remains as hard-hitting and fresh as ever" Lyn Gardner, The Guardian. His many screenplays include The Invisible Man (1933), The Four Feathers (1939), the Oscar-nominated Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939), Mrs. Miniver (1942) and The Dam Busters (1955). Though Journey's End continued to define his career in the theatre, the post-Second World War period was an 'Indian summer' for Sherriff with productions of Miss Mabel (1948), Home at Seven (1950) and The Long Sunset (1955). He died in 1975.
Director Knight Mantell's recent production of The Art of Concealment received rave reviews at the Jermyn Street Theatre before transferring to the Riverside Studios last year. Other directing includes Sweet Pounds of Flesh (Arts Theatre), Murder in the Cathedral, The Circle, The Importance of Being Earnest, Blithe Spirit, Side by Side by Sondheim and Pygmalion (Salisbury Playhouse), Sleeping it Off (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham), The Dresser and The Rivals (National Tours) and Hay Fever, Time and Time Again, The Secretary Bird, The Browning Version and Misalliance (Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead).
PRESS NIGHT: THURSDAY, 6 FEBRUARY 2014 AT 7.30PM
PHOTOCALL: TUESDAY, 4 FEBRUARY 2014 AT 1.00PM-1.30PM
Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST
Box Office 020 7287 2875 Book online at www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk
Tuesday, 4 February - Saturday, 22 February 2014
Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm. Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 3.30pm.
Tickets £22, £18 concessions. Earlybird offer: All tickets £17 if booked before 13th January 2014
Performance Length: Approximately two hours with one interval of fifteen minutes.
Robert Benfield | Mr. Gurney
Trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
Theatre includes Chicken Soup with Barley (Nottingham Playhouse and Tricycle Theatre), The Families of Lockerbie, Blithe Spirit and The Importance of Being Earnest (Nottingham Playhouse), The Story of Vasco, Overboard, Summer Again, Macbeth, The Mob, Saint's Day, Engaged and Myth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), Pythagoras (Birmingham Rep), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Hamlet, The Norman Conquests, Treats, The Atheist's Tragedy and What the Butler Saw (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Death in Leicester, Bond's Lear and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Everyman Theatre, Liverpool),The Clandestine Marriage, Love in a Maze and Hobson's Choice (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), Death of a Salesman (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, and Hong Kong Arts Festival), Having a Lovely Time, All Together Now and The Game Hunter (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), Pravda, The Comedy of Errors, Racing Demon, Rattle of a Simple Man, The Three Sisters, On Approval, The Pickwick Papers, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Neville's Island, Twelfth Night and The Elephant Man (Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich),The Bacchae and Blood Wedding (Royal and DernGate Theatre, Northampton),The Seagull (UK Tour) and The Relapse and Charley's Aunt (Cambridge Theatre Company).
Film includes The Line, Pipe Up, Lees Miserables, The Final Shot and Tower Bridge Project.
Television includes The Widower, Sherlock, Law and Order, Def 11, Doctors, Emmerdale and Funny Man.
Radio includes The Screwtape Letters, The Railway Children, The Chronicles of Narnia, Ben Hur, Oliver Twist, The Secret Garden, LES MISERABLES, Bonhoeffer, A Christmas Carol and Under Drake's Flag.