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Diane Fletcher and Rachel Pickup to lead the cast of For Services Rendered at Jermyn Street Theatre

Diane Fletcher - Charlotte Ardsley

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DIANE Fletcher and Rachel Pickup will lead the cast in Tom Littler’s production of Somerset Maugham’s For Services Rendered. The opening play of Jermyn Street Theatre’s Memories Season, it runs from Wednesday, September 4 to Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Diane Fletcher (pictured right), who plays Charlotte Ardsley, is best known for creating the role of Elizabeth Urquhart opposite Ian Richardson in the BBC series House of Cards. Her career includes leading roles at The National Theatre, The RSC, The Royal Court and on the West End stage as well as numerous television and film appearances.

Rachel Pickup (pictured below) will play Eva. Her career includes roles in the West End, the RSC, On Broadway and Off Broadway, leading roles on film and television as well as many regional theatres throughout the UK and in the US. Her stage highlights include: The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Stephen Unwin’s production of Miss Julie (Rose Theatre Kingston) for which she was nominated for the Best Actress Critics’ Circle Award.

They are joined in the cast by Richard Derrington (Mrs Warren’s Profession, Cheltenham Everyman, Spanish Wives, The Bridge Company) as Leonard Ardsley, Michael Lumsden (Alistair Lloyd in The Archers, While The Sun Shines, Orange Tree Theatre) as Wilfred Cedar, Richard Keightley (Of Mice and Men, national tour, Twelfth Night, National Theatre) as Sydney, Sally Cheng (Shadowlands, Chichester Festival Theatre, Macbeth, Watermill Theatre) as Lois, Leah Whitaker (Alligators, Hampstead Theatre, Love’s Labour’s Lost, RSC, Chichester Festival Theatre, West End) as Ethel Bartlett…

Rachel Pickup

…Burt Caesar (King Lear, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Plague, Arcola Theatre) as Howard Bartlett, Jotham Annan (The Fairy Queen, Glyndebourne, The Bacchae, Manchester Royal Exchange) as Wilfred Cedar, Viss Elliott Safavi (The Taming of The Shrew, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Gift (Criterion Theatre) as Gwen, Jim Findley (Our Town, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, The Lady From The Sea, Donmar Warehouse) as Dr Prentice and recent LAMDA graduate Aoife Kennan as Gertrude.

A warm September afternoon in an idyllic English village. Tea is served on the terrace. Sounds of a tennis party float across the lawn. But this England has no place for the heroes of the First World War. No jobs to sustain them, no mantelpieces for their medals, and no money for their debts. Against the odds, three sisters must carve new paths in an uncertain world.

For Services Rendered, Somerset Maugham’s sharply observed 1932 Chekhovian masterpiece, explores the themes of desire, frustration and hope. This is the play’s first London revival since it was seen at the Old Vic in 1993, and the National Theatre in 1979.

For Services Rendered is directed by Tom Littler.

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