It’s been a busy summer so far and about to get busier! My production of the touring version of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has now played over 150 performances – which of course is nothing compared with the 67 years the show has been running in the West End. The wonderful cast have been terrific throughout and we are sad to see our star performer, Gwyneth Strong, leave the company after six months. But the great news is that Susan Penhaligon takes over the role for the next six months and is truly splendid.
Up to Edinburgh for the madness of the Fringe Festival at the end of July and my production of Hugh Whitemore’s brilliant play about Winston Churchill’s wife, My Darling Clemmie, is playing at the Drawing Room in Assembly on George Street throughout August. Our previews have shown Rohan McCullough’s performance to be even more affecting and nuanced than when she first played it there some eight years ago.
In rehearsal already for Night Terrors – our dramatisation of E. F. Benson’s gloriously spooky tales of the supernatural. Gerard Logan is going to be as impressive as in our two previous solo show collaborations (The Rape of Lucrece and Wilde Without The Boy). The show will will tour from mid-September.
The next batch of audiobook recording will see my series of George Simenon’s Maigret novels reaching sixty. So only another 16 to go!
My new play (A Critical Matter) about James Agate, the famous twentieth century theatre critic and writer, is having a rehearsed reading directed by the legendary Max Stafford-Clark. Casting soon to be confirmed.