Felicity Kendal and Will Young relaunch theatre in Windsor

Top stars Will Young, Felicity Kendal and Tom Conti are among those involved in an experiment that will bring theatre back to Windsor – by appearing onstage in radio versions of popular plays.

Audiences will see the actors on stage at the Theatre Royal. But the plays will be presented as if they were being performed on the radio with the casts standing at microphones scripts in hand.

This has been done before at the Theatre Royal with great success in the past – but in the current crisis it enables the actors to be safely ‘socially distanced’.

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Four plays will be staged like this – with more special guest stars promised as well as those already announced.

*TV and stage favourite Liza Goddard and Soldier Soldier’s Ben Nealon will star in the Queen of Crime Agatha Christie’s gripping psychological thriller Love From A Stranger from Tuesday, October 20 to Saturday, October 24.

*The On Air Theatre Company will also present Alan Bennett’s The Lady In The Van, the hilarious and touching real-life story of the lady tramp who took up residence in his drive – running from Tuesday, October 27 to Saturday, October 31.

*Legendary TV and theatre actress Felicity Kendal; iconic film and stage actor Tom Conti and Charlie Stemp, double Olivier nominated ‘Best Actor in a Musical’ for his roles in Half a Sixpence and Mary Poppins, will star in the classic comedy Lloyd George Knew My Father – about an eccentric aristocratic lady’s attempt to stop a bypass being driven through her country estate. This will run from Tuesday, Novembber 3 to Saturday, November 7.

*Finally Olivier-award nominated, multi-platinum recording artist, and star of the silver screen Will Young will star in Herb Gardner’s witty comedy-drama A Thousand Clowns – about an eccentric uncle and his 12-year-old ‘genius’ nephew. He will be joined by star of Coronation Street and The Bill, Andrew Lancel, and his real-life son Isaac Lancel-Watkinson from Tuesday, November 10 to Saturday, November 14.

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Before that of course the theatre will be staging its first play in seven months from Tuesday, October 13, for five days.

The stars of television’s Judge John Deed, Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove will star together in Love Letters – a play from 1988 about a romantic friendship lasting half a century.

It all leads up of course to this year’s pantomime Cinderella which begins on November 19.

Box office for all these attractions is 01753 853888 or theatreroyal.co.uk

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