The new play by Stephen Wyatt, is set to open at the Chichester Festival Theatre next February.

It has been announced that Dame Penelope Keith is set to star in the upcoming UK tour of Stephen Wyatt’s new play Two Cigarettes in the Dark when it embarks on a UK tour next year. The production will see her collaborating once more with director Alan Strachan and designer Simon Higlett.  

Bright, witty, and fiercely independent, Isabel is not ready to let go just yet. 

In a series of encounters with an old friend and her two sons, by turns funny, startling and poignant, home truths are exchanged, and her past begins to emerge.  As Isabel confronts her own hidden regrets and family secrets, we learn what hides below the surface of this proud mother, wife, and friend. Finally, Isabel is able to make peace with her life and say goodbye.

Two Cigarettes in the Dark is produced by Jonathan Church Theatre Productions and Cambridge Arts Theatre and is set to tour to: Chichester Festival Theatre (17 – 26 February), Cambridge Arts Theatre (3 March – 12 March), Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford (14 – 19 March), New Theatre, Cardiff (22 – 26 March), Richmond Theatre (28 March – 2 April), Theatre Royal Brighton (4 – 9 April), Theatre Royal Bath (19 – 23 April) and Malvern Theatres (25 – 30 April).

Further casting is set to be announced soon.

Talking about the news, Penelope Keith said: “Following this difficult period for regional theatres I am delighted to be bringing this new play to a group of theatres and audiences who have been important to me over the years.  When I read Stephen’s touching and amusing play which has at its centre a (rare to find) role for an actress of a certain age, I knew immediately I wanted to play the part and bring this play to audiences across the country.”