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Simon Callow and Jane Asher star in A Song at Twilight at the Rose Theatre Kingston and on tour

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NOEL Coward’s A Song at Twilight starring Simon Callow, Jane Asher, Jessica Turner and Ash Rizi, which has just completed its run at Theatre Royal Bath, will visit the Rose Theatre Kingston from March 19 to March 23, 2019, as part of a national tour.

Described as bittersweet, hugely entertaining and full of sharp wit and repartee, A Song at Twilight is about harbouring secrets and the regret of missed opportunities. Noël Coward himself made his farewell stage appearance playing the semi-autobiographical role of Sir Hugo in the West End production of the play in 1966.

World famous author Sir Hugo Latymer is growing old, rude and haughty. In the private suite of a lakeside hotel where he lives, he is attended to by his long-suffering wife and former secretary, Hilde, and Felix, a handsome young waiter.

Here he nervously awaits the arrival of an old flame, actress Carlotta Gray, with whom he had a two-year love affair more than 40 years ago. What can she possibly want now? Revenge for his characterisation of her in his recent autobiography? Money to compensate for a second-rate acting career in the States? But Carlotta is writing her own memoir and wants something much more significant.

Simon Callow (Hugo Latymer) is an acclaimed actor, writer and director, best-known for films including Amadeus, Four Weddings and Funeral, A Room With A View and Shakespeare in Love. Recent stage work includes Equus, Waiting For Godot and Shakespeare: The Man From Stratford. He previously starred in Noël Coward’s Present Laughter at Bath.

Jane Asher (Carlotta Gray) is highly regarded as one of the UK’s most accomplished actresses. Her recent stage credits include Great Expectations, An American in Paris, Pride and Prejudice, Charley’s Aunt and Moon Tiger. TV and films credits include Alfie, The Mistress, Dancing on the Edge, Holby City and The Old Guys.

Jessica Turner (Hilde) most recently performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company in The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich. Other stage credits also include All My Sons (Rose Theatre, Watermill), The Second Mrs Tanqueray (Rose Theatre), Waste (Almeida) and King Lear (Old Vic). She has also appeared on screen in Father Brown, Doctors, Midsomer Murders and Law & Order.

Ash Rizi’s (Felix) recent stage credits include East is East (Trafalgar Studios and UK Tour), Bifurcated (Southwark Playhouse) and Blood Wedding (Omnibus Theatre). He has been seen on television in Luther, Drifters, Unforgotten, Silent Witness, Doctors and EastEnders and in the feature film Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

A Song at Twilight is directed by Stephen Unwin, who founded English Touring Theatre and was previously Artistic Director of Rose Theatre Kingston, Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio and Associate Director of the Traverse. Directing credits include The Real Thing, Moon Tiger and Present Laughter at Theatre Royal Bath, All Our Children, which he also wrote, at Jermyn Street Theatre, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Royal Opera House.

As well as the Rose Theatre Kingston, A Song at Twilight will visit Guildford Yvonne Arnaud, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Windsor Theatre Royal, Malvern Theatre, Eastbourne Devonshire Park and Norwich Theatre Royal.

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