Award-winning Australian comedy The Book Club receives its London premiere in a four-week season at the King’s Head Theatre. It runs from 11 October to 5 November 2016, with a press night on 13 October and a post-show Q&A hosted by Mates co-founder Terri Paddock on Friday 14 October.
Deb can’t quite shake the feeling there’s something missing in her life. Her kids have left home. Her husband is sport-obsessed. Meanwhile, she dreams of getting love letters in the post from Martin Amis. When her friend Trish pushes her to join the eccentric local book club, self-confessed bookaholic Deb decides there’s nothing to lose. Little does she know her fantasies will start to become reality….
The Book Club stars Amanda Muggleton, one of Australia’s most versatile and provocative leading ladies, and best known in her native UK for her starring role as Chrissie Latham in the cult 1970s TV show Prisoner Cell Block H. Muggleton was born in London’s Stepney and emigrated to Australia in 1974. She is a two-time Helpmann Award-winner for her portrayal of Maria Callas in Master Class and another for the musical, Eureka. She has won other awards for The Book Club, Shirley Valentine, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and Annie.
The Book Club is written by Roger Hall, who was also born in England and who emigrated to New Zealand in 1958. He is New Zealand’s best known dramatist with more than 40 plays to his credit. His hit Conjugal Rites was produced as a sitcom in the UK starring Gwen Taylor and Michael Williams. The Book Club is directed by Nadia Tass, designed by Shaun Gorton and produced by Andrew Kay & Associates Ltd in association with the King’s Head.