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Directed by ALINE WAITES | Produced by LEONIE SCOTT MATTHEWS | Production Manager - Ashleigh German

Press night is Thursday 2 September at 8pm.
Tuesday 31st August - Saturday 18th September (Tuesday - Saturday at 8.00pm; Sunday matinee at 5.00pm).

The play is set in a retirement home for actresses and focuses on a feud between residents Lotta Bainbridge and May Davenport, who once both loved the same man. "Waiting in the Wings" premiered in the West End at the Duke of York's Theatre on 7 September 1960, when it starred Sybil Thorndike, Lewis Casson, Marie Lohr and Graham Payn.

The 50th anniversary cast features: Frances Cuka as the great Shakespearean actress, May Davenport; Juliet Aykroyd as West End leading lady Lotta Bainbridge; Patricia Leventon as the toast of Dublin, Deirdre O'Malley; Audrey Nicholson as star of intimate revue, Bonita Belgrave; Jackie Skarvellis as the great music hall comedienne, Cora Clarke; Estelle Collins as Cochrane's favourite young lady, Maud Melrose; Beryl Nesbitt as London's sweetest ingenue, Estelle Craven; Gillian Roy as stalwart of Drury Lane, Almina Clare; Maggie McCourt as the West End's favourite heartthrob, Sarita Myrtle; Cliff Burgess as Osgood Meeker, the world's oldest "stage-door Johnny"; plus David Lee-Jones as Perry Lascoe; Penelope Dudley as Zelda Fenwick; Josie Martin as Sylvia Archibald; Jade Davidson as Doreen; Hilary Hodsman as Dora, Peter Evans as Dr Jevons; and Rick Alancroft as Alan.

Frances Cuka's career has spanned almost 50 years. On stage, she created the role of Jo in Shelagh Delaney's play "A Taste of Honey" in 1958. Film roles have included "Scrooge" (as Bob Cratchit's wife) and "Henry VIII and his Six Wives" (as Catherine of Aragon). On television, she has had roles in "The Champions", "Doctors", "Minder", "Wycliffe", the 1971 "Sense and Sensibility", the 2005 "Oliver Twist", and a recurring role in the soap opera "Crossroads". From 2006 to 2009, she played the recurring role of a troublesome tramp called Mrs Bassey in the BBC1 medical drama "Casualty".

After training at the Webber Douglas, director Aline Waites was awarded a scholarship to the BBC Drama Rep and spent many years as Gwen in the twice-daily soap opera "Mrs Dale's Diary". With partner Robin Hunter she has created revues, plays, satirical pantomimes and The Illustrated Victorian Songbook (Michael Joseph 1985). She has written and directed in the UK, Scandinavia, Germany, France, Canada and the USA. She is also a reviewer for the Ham and High newspaper and Artistic Advisor to The Giant Olive Theatre Company.
Official Review by Lindsay Richardson, read now
Michael Darvell in The Classical Source
Libby Purves in The Times
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Rick Alancroft
Juliet Aykroyd
Lotta Bainbridge
Frances Cuka
May Davenport

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