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Casting announced for Before the Party

Before The Party
01 March 2017

Casting has been announced for Salisbury Playhouse’s new production of Rodney Ackland’s Before the Party which runs in the Main House from Thursday 4 to Saturday 27 May.

The cast is led by Philip Bretherton, best known for television appearances including As Time Goes By alongside Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer, and Roberta Kerr, familiar from her roles in Coronation Street and Emmerdale. They are joined by Sherry Baines, Eleanor Bennett, Katherine Manners, Bathsheba Piepe and Matthew Romain.

Based on a short story by W. Somerset Maugham, Before the Party is a sizzling, satirical portrayal of the upper middle classes adjusting to post war life. Following daughter Laura’s return from Africa, widowed but with a gentleman in tow, the family prepares for the latest social gathering. Amidst the never-ending whirl of hats and dresses and below stairs skirmishes, Laura reveals a shocking secret that threatens to ruin more than one party on the climb to social success.

Before the Party is directed by Ryan McBryde (Saturday Night Fever, UK tour; Aladdin and Cinderella at Salisbury Playhouse) with beautiful period set and costumes designs by James Turner (Toast, UK tour) and lighting by Ben Cracknell (What the Butler Saw, Curve, Leicester).

Before the Party takes a comical look at society life and runs in the Main House at Salisbury Playhouse from Thursday 4 to Saturday 27 May. For tickets or more information please contact the Ticket Office on 01722 320333 or visit the show page