Show Picture Until 9th August 2014

House on the Hill Productions
in association with
Jermyn Street Theatre

By William Inge

Directed by Grace Wessels
Set Design by Victoria Johnstone
Costume Design by Emily Stuart
Lighting by Steve Lowe

"The world looks awful ugly at times ... It's hard to remember that sometimes it can look beautiful too."
This July, House On The Hill Productions presents the UK premiere of a blistering drama by one of the great US playwrights of the late twentieth-century.

Christmas 1962, Chicago, small apartment ... Unconventional couple, Sue and Bernie, are awaiting the impending visit of Sue's delinquent son Donnie with excitement and trepidation. When Donnie makes an unexpected announcement, tensions between the already strained family relationships grow and competition between the two men threatens to destroy the life that Sue has worked so hard to create. On Christmas Eve when the next-door neighbours join the party, anxieties escalate resulting in an inescapable and horrific showdown.

Natural Affection flips the American Dream on its head. A complex, dark and anguished study of discordant family life, William Inge's play explores the themes of sexual dissatisfaction, loneliness, frustrated small-town dreams, alcoholism and tortured identity.
This lost treasure by an American Icon has, in the playwright's own words, "been contested, praised, disputed, and criticised." Inspired by the violence Inge was witnessing in the media at the time, Natural Affection retains the power to shock
and is as resonant today as it was when it was first produced over fifty years ago.

William Inge (1913-1973) is known as "playwright of the American Midwest". He earned the title of most promising playwright of the 1950 Broadway Season for his play, Come Back, Little Sheba which was later to be made into a film by Paramount Pictures starring Shirley Booth and Don Lancaster. In 1953, he won a Pulitzer Prize, The Drama Critic Circle Award, The Outer Circle Award and The Theatre Club Award for his play, Picnic, which also later became a film by Columbia Pictures starring William Holden, Kim Novak and Rosalind Russell.
His other plays include, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, and Bus Stop which achieved international recognition when Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray and Eileen Heckart starred in the Academy Award winning 1957 movie.

Acclaimed star of the stage and screen, Lysette Anthony is to lead the cast, playing Sue. Heralded as the 'Face of the Eighties' by David Bailey, her recent theatre credits have included Oscar Wilde's Lady Winderemere's Fan at the Royal Exchange Theatre (for which she was nominated for a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award), Manchester Royal Exchange's production of Noel Coward's Hayfever, (also nominated for a Manchester Evening News Award for Best Actress); and Bath Theatre Royal's tour of Noel Coward's Present Laughter (with Simon Callow). Well-known to television, Lysette has had lead roles in a multitude of dramas including Night & Day, Jonathan Creek, Murder In Suburbia, Dombey & Son and her 4 years starring in Three Up, Two Down. She has appeared in over thirty feature films including Without a Clue with Michael Caine & Ben Kingsley, Woody Allen's award winning Husbands & Wives and Look Who's Talking Now with John Travolta.
Lysette Anthony, with Louis Cardona, Timothy Knightley, Adriana Maestranzi,
Jessica Preddy, Jeremy Smith, Jonathan Wadey

Monday to Saturday 7.30pm, Saturday matinees 3.30pm

Running time 120 minutes (including interval)

£20.00, £18.00 concessions.

Special Friends Night: Tickets for Wednesday 30 July £16.00 (only available with a Jermyn Street Theatre Friends Membership through the box office)

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Tickets booked online are subject to the above plus an additonal booking fees (see online booking screen)

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