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Jermyn Street To Stage Revival of A.A. Milne's THE DOVER ROAD

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In the 60th anniversary year of A.A Milne's death and the 90th anniversary of Winnie-the-Pooh's publication, Close Quarter Productions, in association with Jermyn Street Theatre, today announces a new production of Milne's play THE DOVER ROAD. Nichola McAuliffe directs Stefan Berdnarczyk, Tom Durant-Pritchard, Katrina Gibson, Georgia Maguire, Gareth McLeod, Patrick Ryecart and James Sheldon in the production opening at Jermyn Street Theatre on Tuesday 6 September, running until Saturday 1 October.

It's a lighthearted comedy set in a mysterious house just off the Dover Road, inhabited by the enigmatic Mr Latimer. Two runaway couples find themselves enjoying the hospitality of a complete stranger, who seems to have an underlying purpose of his own...

The Dover Road was first performed in 1921 in New York and opened at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London in 1922. In the 1930s the play became a major film under the title Where Sinners Meer starring Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook.

A.A Milne (1882-1956) was a renowned author and playwright. As well as Winnie-the-Pooh and his books of children's verses, his principal works include Wurzel-Flummery, Belinda, The Boy Comes Home, Make-Believe, The Camberley Triangle, Mr. Pym Passes By, The Red Feathers, The Bump, Twice Two, Five Pound Reward, Bookworms, The Great Broxopp, The Lucky One, The Truth About Blayds, The Artist: A Duologue, Give Me Yesterday, Ariadne, The Man in the Bowler Hat: A Terribly Exciting Affair, To Have the Honour, Portrait of a Gentleman in Slippers, Success, Miss Marlow at Play and The Ugly Duckling.

Patrick Ryecart plays Mr Latimer. His West End stage appearances include An Ideal Husband, Another Country, High Society, See You Next Tuesday, A Letter of Resignation, The Rivals, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B and Candida. National tours and regional appearances include Tunes of Glory, Donkeys' Years, Rebecca, Me and My Girl, Dinner, Private Lives and The Millionairess.

His film work includes The King's Speech, Hotel Shanghai, Tai Pan, Heart of Darkness, Casanova and Prisoner of Honour. TV includes Poldark, Poirot, The Escape Artist, Midsomer Murders, Hustle, Jericho, The Lavender List, Much Ado About Nothing, After All, Arms and the Man, Holby City, Nancherrow, Dalziel and Pascoe, Lillie, The Mystery of Dr Martinu, My Son My Son, Pas de Deux, A Perfect Hero, Romeo and Juliet, Rumpole of the Bailey, The Bretts, The Talisman, Goldeneye, The Professionals and Trainer.

Stefan Bednarczyk plays Dominic and recent theatre credits include Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Queens Theatre), Semi-Monde (Lyric Theatre), The Games of Love and Chance (National Theatre), The L.A Plays (Almeida), Five O'Clock Angel (Hampstead Theatre and Kings Head Theatre), The Killing of Mr Toad and The Grand Duke (Finborough), Noel Coward's Christmas Spirits (St James Theatre). For film his credits include Friends Pictured Within, Topsy-Turvy and Florence Foster Jenkins.

Katrina Gibson plays Eustasia and her recent theatre credits include The Wizard of Oz (UK Tour), Dracula (UK Tour), Frankenstein (Italian Tour), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Churchill Theatre), Dancing in my Dreams (UK Tour), The Pirates of Penzance (Tabard Theatre), Wait Until Dark (Palace Theatre), Aladdin (Princess Theatre), Sleeping Beauty (Tivoli Theatre), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Pavilion Theatre). For film her credits include Death Defying Acts and Miss Potter.

Georgia Maguire plays Anne and her recent theatre credits include As You Like It and Hay Fever (Rose Theatre Kingston), Laburnum Grove (Finborough Theatre), Letters to Anya (George Tavern), Hedda Gabler (The Lowry), Rope (Contact Theatre Manchester and Edinburgh Fringe), Cracked, Six Degrees of Separation (Edinburgh Fringe).

James Sheldon plays Nicholas and his recent theatre credits include Eigengrau (Kings Head Theatre), The Glass Menagerie and Strangers on a Train (English Theatre of Frankfurt).

Tom Durant-Pritchard plays Leonard and recent theatre credits include Restorations (Arcola), The Flouers O'Edinburgh (The Finborough Theatre), Midsummer Night's Dream (Southbank Centre) The Tempest, Sir John Oldcastle, Sam Wanamaker Festival (Shakespeare's Globe) The Perfectionist (Theatre 503), Missing (Cockpit Theatre), A Month In The Country (Jacksons Lane Theatre), Animal Farm, Lady From The Sea, The Winter's Tale, After the Fall and Closer (Ralph Richardson Memorial Studio) Arabian Nights (Menier Chocolate Factory). For television his credits include Lucy Worsley's 6 Wives, Taboo, The War of the Roses, Eve of St Agnes, King Lear Shakespeare Uncovered and Fresh. For film his credits include Kemper, Human Remains, Jack the Giant Slayer, Far From the Maddening Crowd, The Skin, I Am Soldier.

Nichola McAuliffe's recent directing credits include Twelfth Night and The Taming of The Shrew (Holder's Festival), Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Miniature), Untitled (the Finborough) Five O'Clock Angel (Edinburgh and Hampstead Theatre) Goliath (Bush Theatre) and The Mikado (Carl Rosa Opera). McAuliffe is also an Olivier Award-Winning actress and a published playwright. Her playwriting credits include Maurice's Jubilee (The Moscow Art Theatre), The Silver Gym (Queen's Theatre Hornchurch) and A British Subject (Edinburgh, New York and London).

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