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Anita Dobson leads the cast of 3Women at Trafalgar Studios

3 Women

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

3Women, the debut play by the award-winning comedian and writer Katy Brand, will premiere at Trafalgar Studios 2, running from May 18 (previews from May 15) to June 9, 2018.

Celebrated screen and stage actress Anita Dobson (as Eleanor) stars alongside Debbie Chazen (Suzanne), Maisie Richardson-Sellers (Laurie) and Oliver Greenall (Waiter).

3Women explores the relationships between three generations of the same family, brought together in one hotel room, in a darkly comic and pertinent exploration of what it means to be a woman.

Katy Brand said: “3Women is a play I have been hoping to write for several years, but now that feminism and women’s rights are at the very forefront of the global conversation, I wanted to really explore those issues from the point of view of three generations of women, and how they interact and intersect within the same family.

“These movements are not so straightforward as the media would sometimes have us believe but wrapped up in the chaotic and all-too-human lived experiences of real women, from the Suffragettes to those who currently campaign for trans-gender rights. We are all simply trying our best to be ‘modern women’ (whatever that means), making mistakes, and blundering on as best we can!”

From generation to generation, Mother to Daughter, this female-led play explores what it means to be a woman in the 21st Century and the consequences of the generational gap on our attitudes, cultural expectations and family dynamic. From wedding celebrations to relationship disillusionment, 3Women is described as razor-sharp, funny and caustically irresistible.

Anita Dobson is an Olivier Award nominated and well-loved television, theatre and film actress. Her many stage appearances include Budgie (Cambridge Theatre); Three Sisters (Royal Court); Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (National Theatre); Kvetch (Garrick Theatre); Charley’s Aunt (Aldwych Theatre); The Pajama Game (Victoria Palace Theatre); The Vagina Monologues (Arts Theatre/UK Tour); The Island Of Slaves (Lyric Hammersmith); Frozen (National Theatre) for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award, Evening Standard and London Critics’ Circle Award; Chicago (Adelphi Theatre); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shaftesbury Theatre); Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre) and most recently The Shadow Factory (Nuffield Southampton).

As Angie Watts in EastEnders, Anita Dobson was one of the most popular characters on television, winning her the PYE award for Television Personality Of The Year, The Daily Mirror’s Actress Of The Year and the TV Times Actress Of The Year Award, voted by the readers.

Her other television work includes Leave Him To Heaven, Nanny, The House Of Lurking Death, Up The Elephant And Round The Castle, Split Ends, The World Of Eddie Weary, Red Dwarf, Rab C Nesbitt, Smokescreen, Dangerfield, The Famous Five, Highlander, Get Well Soon, Junk, Sunburn, Doctors, New Tricks, The Bill, Hotel Babylon, Casualty, Holby City, Call The Midwife, The Worst Witch and two series of The Rebel.

She has also appeared in the films Seaview Knights, Beyond Bedlam, The Tichborne Claimant, The Revengers’ Comedies, Darkness Falls, Charlie, Solitary, The Rise Of The Krays, The Fall Of The Krays, London Road, taken from the acclaimed National Theatre production directed by Rufus Norris, and The Fight.

Produced by Stage Traffic Productions, 3Women is directed by Michael Yale, with designs by Zahra Mansouri and lighting by Nic Farman.

Tickets: £20-£30 – available from the box office on 0844 871 7632 or online at www.atgtickets.com/venues/trafalgar-studios/.

Times: Monday – Saturday at 7.45pm; Thursday and Saturday at 3pm.

Also at Trafalgar Studios: The Grinning Man (until April 14, 2018).