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Henry Goodman, Imogen Stubbs and Katie Brayben to star in Honour at Park Theatre

Henry Goodman

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

HENRY Goodman, Imogen Stubbs and Katie Brayben will star in Joanna Murray-Smith’s compelling drama Honour, which runs at Park Theatre from October 30 (previews from October 25) to November 24, 2018.

Honour paints an unflinching portrait of what happens when a secure marriage suddenly stalls, and when the opportunity arises for one life to be revived at the expense of another.

For Honor and George, the arrival of the self-assured Claudia threatens to wreck a 32-year marriage. But as the power balance starts to shift, the husband, wife, daughter and lover together must face the fundamental question – what is love?

Originated in Australia, Honour debuted in the UK at the National Theatre in 2003, before a 2006 West End revival at Wyndham’s Theatre. Directed by Paul Robinson, Tiny Fires’ production will be staged in-the-round.

Director Paul Robinson said: “I’ve been burning to direct this incredible play for years now and I couldn’t be more delighted by this stellar cast. I’d always seen it in the round and as such I can’t wait to see how intimate and involving our production is going to be.”

Double Olivier Award-winning Henry Goodman will play George. Goodman’s extensive career spans film, television, radio and stage. His stage credits include: at The National Theatre: Angels In America, Guys & Dolls, Merchant Of Venice (Best Actor Olivier Award winner and also made for TV with BBC/HBO), Assassins (Donmar Warehouse, Best Actor in a Musical Olivier Award winner), Hysteria (Royal Court Theatre/West End), Tartuffe (Roundabout, New York), Fiddler on the Roof (Sheffield Crucible/Savoy Theatre), The Winslow Boy (Old Vic) and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Chichester Festival Theatre/Duchess Theatre).

Goodman is also an Associate Artist of The RSC, where principal roles include Richard III, Volpone and Dromio.

Imogen Stubbs

Actress and writer Imogen Stubbs will play Honor. Her vast theatre experience includes productions at the RSC, National Theatre, Old Vic, Donmar Warehouse and various West End productions. Recent stage credits include: Things I Know To Be True (Frantic Assembly), Communicating Doors (Menier Chocolate Factory), Elephants (Hampstead Theatre), Strangers On A Train (Gielgud Theatre), Othello, Two Noble Kinsmen, The Rover and Richard II (RSC), Gertrude in Hamlet (Old Vic), Salt, Root and Roe (Donmar Warehouse/West End) and A Marvellous Year For Plums (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Her screen work includes: Jack & Sarah, Twelfth Night, True Colours, Deadline, A Summer Story and Sense and Sensibility (film); Parents, Collusion, Big Kids, Blind Ambition and Anna Lee (TV).

Olivier Award-winning actress Katie Brayben will play Claudia. Brayben’s theatre credits include: A Walk on The Moon (The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco), Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre, Best Actress in a Musical Olivier Award winner), The Spoils (Trafalgar Studios), King Charles III (Almeida Theatre/Wyndham’s Theatre), American Psycho (Almeida Theatre) and 13 (National Theatre).

Her screen credits include: Doctor Who, Luther, The Alienist, Vera: Changing Tides, King Charles III and the feature film Self Help – A Serial Killer’s Guide To Life which is due for release later this year.

Additional casting is yet to be announced.

Writer Joanna Murray-Smith is a Melbourne based playwright, screenwriter and novelist. Her plays, which also include Rapture, Bombshells, Nightfall, Redemption, Love Child and Flame, have been produced around the world. Honour has been produced in over two dozen countries, including productions on Broadway and at the National Theatre in London and in the West End. Honour won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Best Play. Most recently, Bath Theatre Royal produced the UK premiere of Switzerland and her Songs For Nobodies transfers from Wilton’s Music Hall to the West End in 2019.

Joanna Murray-Smith has also published three novels Truce, Judgement Rock and Sunnyside.

Katie Brayben

Director Paul Robinson is Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre where he has directed Build a Rocket, The 39 Steps, Pinocchio, A Christmas Carol, Goth Weekend and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. He has been twice nominated for Best Artistic Director at the Off West End Awards. His productions of And Then Come the Nightjars, A Handful of Stars and Land of Our Fathers garnered a total of 12 Off West End Award nominations, including Best Director. Other credits include: Breakfast with Mugabe (Bath Theatre Royal), The Swallowing Dark (TMA Award winner) and My Mother Said I Never Should (St James Theatre).

Honour is suitable for ages 12+.

Tickets: Previews £18.50, Standard £18.50 – £32.50, Concessions £16.50 – £23.50, Child (Under 16) £15 – £20. To book, call the box office on 020 7870 6876 or visit www.parktheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3pm.

Captioned Performance: Wednesday, November 21 at 7.30pm.