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7 May – 1 June 2013
by John Van Druten
Directed by: Tricia Thorns
The Two’s Company production of LONDON WALL by John Van Druten transfers to the St. James Theatre, for a limited run. Originally performed at the Finborough Theatre as part of their series of rediscovered early 20th century plays, LONDON WALL sold out at the Finborough where it was garlanded with praise by critics and audiences.
In a solicitor’s office, Brewer, the office manager, sees pretty new typist Pat as fair game, even though she is a green 19 and going steady with a reliable boyfriend. Some of the more experienced secretaries try to warn her. Others leave her to her fate. Meanwhile, cynical Miss Janus is jilted by her lover and at the desperate age of 35 her romantic life seems to be over.
LONDON WALL first appeared in the West End in 1931 and offered contemporary audiences a rare look at the life of women office workers in the City. An 80 year old play arrives on stage at a time when the continuing inability of men to see women as professional equals and colleagues is exceedingly topical.
Tricia Thorns directs with set design by Alex Marker, costume design by Emily Stuart, lighting design by Duncan Coombe and sound design by Dominic Bilkey.
The cast includes: Maia Alexander as Pat Milligan; Mia Austen as Miss Bufton; Emily Bowker as Miss Hooper; Marty Cruickshank as Miss Willesden; Alix Dunmore as Miss Janus; Timothy O’Hara as Hec Hammond; Alex Robertson as Mr. Brewer; Craig Vye as Birkinshaw and David Whitworth as Mr. Walker.
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes including an interval
*****‘A wonderfully slick production performed by a very strong ensemble’ Mel West, Whatsonstage.com
*****‘An absolute charmer. It could be Mad Men but 20 years earlier... No wonder there were howls of applause at the end. It’s scintillating stuff, and the acting is perfection’ Carole Woddis, The Arts Desk
****‘A heartfelt romantic drama – immaculately revived’ Stewart Pringle, Time Out
****‘Rivetingly entertaining’ Michael Billington, The Guardian
‘Tricia Thorns’ loving revival. With heart and honesty it catches a forgotten flavour... Sex curdles the air like thunder... Here’s the ancestor of modern working life: paperwork, comradeship, rivalry, sexual tension. A rueful love letter to our brave grandmothers’ Libby Purves, The Times