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An Evening with the Girls

Caryl Churchill’s inventive and groundbreaking play Top Girls will be at The New Wolsey Theatre this February.

It’s Thatcher’s England and hard-nosed, go-getting businesswoman Marlene is hosting a dinner party to celebrate her promotion to MD of the Top Girls Employment Agency. Her guests are all powerful and eccentric women from myth and history, making for an extraordinary gathering and one of the most famous and colourful openings of any play. As Top Girls takes us back in time through Marlene’s story, it becomes a provocative study of success, the compromises Marlene has made and, chillingly, what happens to those who get left behind.

Caroline Catz will play Marlene. She is well known from playing Louisa in five series of Doc Martin, with other long-term roles on The Vice, Murder in Suburbia and All Quiet on the Preston Front and appearances in Marple and Hotel Babylon. The cast also includes Helen Bradbury, Alix Dunmore, Esther Ruth Elliott, Victoria Gee, Emmy Sainsbury and Kirsten Hazel Smith.

Out of Joint’s Artistic Director Max Stafford-Clark returns to Top Girls having directed its premiere at the Royal Court in 1982. He has been Artistic Director of the Royal Court and Traverse Theatres and co-founded the Joint Stock Theatre Group. He also collaborated with Caryl Churchill on Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Cloud Nine, Serious Money and Blue Heart.

The production is designed by Tim Shortall, whose recent credits include La Cage Aux Folles (West End and Broadway) for which he received a 2010 Tony Award nomination, Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory and West End) and Out of Joint’s The Big Fellah. Lighting design is by Jason Taylor, sound design is by Ian Dickinson and video design is by Finn Ross.

• Top Girls By Caryl Churchill is at New Wolsey Theatre from Tuesday 21st until Saturday 25th February. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 295900 or visit www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

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