Smiles, laughter and a fair amount of pointing – check out what Alix Dunmore and the cast of Jane Clegg have been up to in rehearsals for Finborough Theatre’s revival of St John Ervine’s drama, then book your tickets!
Ervine’s pre-First World War tale of a woman attempting to escape her marriage premiered in 1913 at Manchester’s Gaiety Theatre, but has not graced the London stage since 1944. This new revival runs at Finborough Theatre from 23 April to 18 May 2019.
London, 1913. Travelling salesman Henry Clegg has taken his wife, Jane, for granted for most of their marriage. She endures his dishonesty, infidelity and neglect, as well as his demanding mother. But when Henry is accused of embezzling money from his firm and his latest affair is revealed, Jane realises she must finally escape her life of domestic abuse for herself and her children… only to find that for women without money and connections breaking free isn’t so easy.
The title role was originally created by Dame Sybil Thorndike, who performed it in Manchester, when the production transferred to London’s Royal Court Theatre and around the world.
In this new production, Alix Dunmore takes on the role. Dunmore stars opposite Brian Martin, Victoria Lennox, Sidney Livingstone, Matthew Sim, Eve Prenelle & Theo Wilkinson.
Director David Gilmore has directed 17 West End productions in his career to date, including Daisy Pulls it Off, Lend Me a Tenor, The Hired Man and Grease. He’s also worked as Artistic Director of Nuffield Southampton Theatres, the Watermill Theatre and the St James Theatre (now The Other Palace) when it first opened.
Jane Clegg is the third of St John Ervine‘s plays that Finborough Theatre has rediscovered and staged, following 2011’s four-star hit Mixed Marriage, described by Michael Billington in The Guardian as “The most compelling play in London,” and 2014’s John Ferguson.
Finborough Theatre and Andrew Maunder stage Jane Clegg as part of a season that also includes are revival of Lionel Bart’s musical Maggie May and the world premiere of Julia Pascal’s tale of passion, war, women’s freedom and love, Blueprint Medea.
Jane Clegg runs at Finborough Theatre 118 Finborough Rd, Kensington, London SW10 9ED, from 23 April to 18 May 2019, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, matinees Saturdays and Sundays 3pm. Tickets are priced £14-£20. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!