Excitement has been building backstage at The Marlowe Theatre. Tickets went on sale this week for our second ever in-house production. But what is it, and why are we so excited?
Well, the play itself is called A Better Woman and it will run in The Marlowe Studio from Tuesday 1 to Saturday 19 December – perfect if you fancy a little theatre-going to give you a break from your Christmas shopping, but panto isn’t your thing.
The play is a comedy by acclaimed playwright Simon Mendes da Costa, who also wrote Losing Louis – a West End hit starring Linda Bellingham and Alison Steadman, which was also produced on Broadway.
It’s a touching comedy telling the story of Tom, who turns to online dating to help him find the one. He embarks on a series of eventful dates, watched over by his despairing neighbours, discovering that when it comes to love and relationships, age doesn’t necessarily bring wisdom, and it’s never too late to make the wrong decision.
Author Simon says: “It’s about a man in his mid–forties who’s been on his own for a few years, and life is passing him by, and he decides that it’s time to get back out there… I suppose it’s a play about what it’s like to date, and to start again…and all the anxieties that go along with being older and dating again…and hopefully it’s funny.”
The play is The Marlowe Theatre’s second home-grown production, after last year’s Beached, which sold out its run at The Marlowe Studio and transferred to Soho Theatre. Like Beached, A Better Woman will be part-financed by a grant from Arts Council England – their backing is definitely a feather in our cap. The production has also been made possible through the generous support of The Marlowe Theatre Development Trust.
The play will be directed by Tilly Vosburgh, who’s best known as a actress, having appeared in EastEnders and Casualty, but also has a growing career as a theatre director.
Casting is taking place as we speak. We’ll be bringing you lots more news about the production over the next few weeks, giving you an exclusive insight into how the production is made, right up until opening night!