Alan Bennett Play at Tabard for Cancer Charity
Chiswick-based actress Janet Ellis will star
Alan Bennett’s play ‘ Green Forms’ starring well-known Chiswick actress, Janet Ellis will play at the Tabard Theatre, Bath Road from Tues 24 – Sat 28 January in aid of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. Prior to that ‘The Rape of Lucrece’ by William Shakespeare will have a short run on Friday 20 and Sat 21 January.
The latter is directed by Gareth Armstrong, who has developed and directed many successful solo shows, including his own award-winning Shylock and is performed by Gerard Logan. Original Music by Simon Slater, and Lighting Design by Roger Llewellyn.
The Tabard Theatre hosts a rare revival of Alan Bennett’s hilarious one act play,’Green Forms’ and sees actress and broadcaster, Janet Ellis, return to the stage in aid of Maggies Cancer Caring Charity.
Green Forms was first presented for television for London Weekend Television under the name Doris and Doreen. Alan Bennett subsequently adapted it for the stage as Green Forms which toured theatres in 2003 in a double bill with A Visit From Miss Prothero under the collective title Office Suite. This limited run at the Tabard Theatre has been granted a special licence from Alan Bennett with all the proceeds going to Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.
Janet Ellis is patron of Maggie’s Centres which provide free practical, emotional and psychological support for anyone affected by cancer as well as their family and friends. Starring alongside Janet will be Jan Ravens, probably best known for appearing in Dead Ringers. She said: “There are three things I really love – the work that Maggie’s Centres do, being on stage and the plays of Alan Bennett. I’m so excited to be able to put them all together for a very special week to try and raise as much money as I can for a very special cause.
The one act play is produced by Richard Howle. Richard, the International Sales director at aka, has worked in live entertainment ticketing for over 12 years and this production is his first producing venture.
Simon Reilly, general manager of the Tabard Theatre said: “It is an absolute thrill and pleasure to welcome local resident Janet Ellis to the Tabard Theatre to perform a much-loved Alan Bennett play and, best of all, to raise money for an excellent charity.”
January 17, 2012