'Lavender' to star Hayley Mills
Two screen-to-stage adaptations — including a stage version of “Ladies in Lavender” starring Hayley Mills — and a little-known Noel Coward play have been added to this year’s U.K. road slate.
The stage preem of 2004 Brit bigscreen hit “Ladies in Lavender” will star Mills (“The Parent Trap,” “The Chalk Garden”) and Belinda Lang in the roles created by Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Produced by Northampton regional Royal and Derngate Theater, Daniel Schumann and Lee Dean in association with Charles Diamond, the show runs Apr. 6-28 in Northampton before embarking on a national tour. Helmed by Robin Lefevre and designed by Liz Ascroft, Shaun McKenna’s adaptation is based on the screenplay by Charles Dance.
Adapted by Graham Linehan from William Rose’s Oscar-nommed screenplay for the 1955 Ealing comedy, West End hit “The Ladykillers,” currently nommed for five Oliviers, will commence a 26-week tour of Ireland and the U.K. on Sept. 14. Casting has yet to be announced for the tour, produced by Edward Snape for Fiery Angel in association with Stage Entertainment U.K., Olympus Theatricals, Jason Heigh-Ellery and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.
Meanwhile, Thelma Holt and Bill Kenwright will present the first major production of Noel Coward’s neglected 1956 relationships drama “Volcano.” Unperformed during the dramatist’s lifetime, the play is inspired by the fraught marriage and love life of Ann Fleming, wife of James Bond creator Ian Fleming. Directed by Roy Marsden and starring Jenny Seagrove, Dawn Steele and Jason Durr, the play runs May 22-June 2 prior to a U.K. tour and proposed West End berth.