The production is set to run at the Orange Tree Theatre from the 29th April.

The Orange Tree Theatre have confirmed full casting for its upcoming production of Somerset Maugham’s The Circle, directed by the theatre’s new Artistic Director Tom Littler. Littler is set to direct Jane Asher (Lady Catherine Champion-Cheney), Pete Ashmore (Arnold Champion-Cheney), Robert Benfield (Murray the Butler), Chirag Benedict Lobo (Teddie Luton), Clive Frances (Clive Champion-Cheney), Nicholas Le Prevost (Lord Hughie Porteous) and Olivia Vinall (Elizabeth Champion-Cheney).

The sun is shining on the manicured lawns of the Dorset home of Arnold Champion-Cheney, MP. The Great War isover. Arnold’s political career is blossoming. He has a beautiful young wife, Elizabeth. If only the servants would dust his antiques properly, everything would be perfect.

But Arnold’s idyllic life is about to explode into chaos. His rakish father is staying for the weekend. His scandalous long-lost mother is descending with her detested husband in tow. And there’s a dashing young stranger who seems far too interested in Elizabeth…

As well as performing live at the theatre, the production will also be available to stream online at OT On Screen from the 20th to 23rd June.

Talking about the production, Tom Littler said: “I feel very lucky to announce this remarkable cast for Maugham’s perfectly constructed comedy. It’s a pleasure to welcome Clive Francis and Nicholas Le Prevost back to the Orange Tree, where they have already entertained audiences so brilliantly. The wonderful Jane Asher, Pete Ashmore, Chirag Benedict Lobo and Olivia Vinall are all making their Orange Tree debuts, and together we can learn how to navigate The Circle in our very own circular theatre.”

The creative team behind the production also includes: Designer: Louie Whitemore; Lighting Designer: Chris McDonnell; Sound Designer: Max Pappenheim and Assistant Director: Sam Woof.

The Circle will play at the Orange Tree Theatre from the 29th April until the 17th June.

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