Nichola McAuliffe's MAURICE'S JUBILEE to Launch UK Tour, January 2013

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Following a sell out run at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival, Maurice's Jubilee will go on a national tour from January 2013. This is Olivier Award winning Nichola McAuliffe's most recent play and she will reprise her role as Katie, alongside Olivier Award winning Julian Glover (Maurice) and SheiLA Reid* (Helena). Maurice's Jubilee is directed by multiple Fringe First winner Hannah Eidinow and has design by Christopher Richardson.

Maurice's Jubilee will tour nationally to Manchester Opera House (24-26 January), Aylesbury Waterside Theatre (29 January – 2 February), Bath Theatre Royal (4-9 February), Woking New Victoria Theatre (12 – 16 February), Richmond Theatre (19-23 February), Brighton Theatre Royal (26 February – 2 March) Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre (5-9 March), Malvern (11 – 16 March), Bromley Churchill Theatre (26-30 March) and Cambridge Arts Theatre (2-6 April).

A Royal encounter. An enduring love. A bungalow in Penge. Maurice is determined to reach his 90th birthday, which is the day before the diamond jubilee. The Queen, having made him a promise 60 years before, is coming to tea. His wife is convinced he's never met the Queen. His nurse thinks it's time he did. Maurice's Jubilee is the hilariously funny and poignant take on timeless themes, the exploration of one man's enduring commitment to a dream, and an eternal love triangle, fallen on hard times.

Olivier Award winning Julian Glover's stage credits include Oliver at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Henry IV and Henry V for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Voysey Inheritance at The National Theatre and Richard II at the Old Vic. His screen credits include Game of Thrones, The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and For Your Eyes Only.

SheiLA Reid's stage work includes American Trade for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Lucky Numbers at the Royal Court, Uncle Vanya at the Young Vic andIn Extremis at The Globe. Sheila was also a member of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre Company. On screen, Sheila is best known for playing Madge Harvey in Benidorm, a part that has earned her two National Television Awards and several BAFTA nominations.

Nichola McAuliffe's won The Stage Edinburgh Award for Best Actress for her role in Maurice's Jubilee and the play follows the international success of A British Subject. Nichola also won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Kiss Me Kate at the Old Vic, and was nominated for another Olivier for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Palladium Theatre. Her recent celebrated performance was in Alan Bennett's The Lady in the Van. On screen she is best known for playing Sheila Sabatini in Surgical Spirit, for seven series.

Director Hannah Eidinow is a five time Fringe First Award winning director for Somewhere Beneath it All and A Small Fire Burns Still at Edinburgh 2011, An Instinct for Kindness at Edinburgh 2011, London & UK tour, Lockerbie: Unfinished Business at Edinburgh 2010/11 & UK tour, What I Heard About Iraq at Edinburgh 2006, UK Tour & West End and Gone at Edinburgh & West End 2004. Hannah is in charge of Creative Development for the Pleasance. Recent directing credits include A British Subject at the Arts Theatre, Brits Off-Broadway Season at the Pleasance, plays by Anthony Neilson, April De Angelis, Dave Florez and Lucy Kirkwood in The Terror Season 2009, 2010, 2011 at Southwark Playhouse and Soho Theatre and The Lady From The Sea at the Arcola Theatre.

Ambassador Theatre Group was co-founded by Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire in 1992. ATG is the largest owner/operator of theatres in the UK with 39 venues, an internationally recognised theatre producer and a leader in theatre ticketing services through ATG Tickets. Current and recent ATG co-productions in London, UK regionally and internationally include Posh/Jumpy/Constellations (Royal Court at the Duke of York's in the West End), 9 to 5 the Musical, The Mystery of Charles Dickens, SouthPacific, All New People, Dandy Dick, Blue/Orange, Ghost the Musical, Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker!, Legally Blonde the Musical, Monty Python's Spamalot, Being Shakespeare, The Misanthrope, West Side Story, Elling, Guys and Dolls, The Mountaintop, Exit the King and The RockyHorror Show.

To book tickets, go to www.atgtickets.com.

* Please note Shelia Reid will be in this production until 17 March 2013

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