Linda Bassett, Deborah Findlay, Kika Markham and June Watson will star in Caryl Churchill’s Escaped Alone when the tale of three old friends and a neighbour opens at the Royal Court in the new year.
The quartet of much-loved British actresses will take to the stage of the Sloane Square venue from 21 January to 12 March.
While all four performers have previously appeared at the Royal Court, Bassett and Findlay return to the acclaimed new writing venue having previously starred in Churchill’s Love & Information and Top Girls respectively.
More recently Findlay has appeared on stage in two Shakespearean classics, the Donmar Warehouse’s Coriolanus and Timon Of Athens at the National Theatre, but she is also known for her screen roles, which include Nicholas Hytner’s recent film The Lady In The Van in which she stars opposite Dame Maggie Smith.
Equally renowned for her screen appearances in films including The Reader and Calendar Girls, Bassett’s recent theatre credits include Roots at the Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Court’s In Basildon.
Their fellow Royal Court returnees Markham (Tribes, Time Present) and Watson (Talking To Terrorists) also have a string of London stage credits between them, Markham most recently appearing in The Crucible at The Old Vic and Watson’s appearances including Hampstead Theatre’s Good People and The Cripple Of Inishmaan in the West End.
The story of summer afternoons in the back yard, tea and catastrophe, Escaped Alone will begin its run in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs following the current run of Linda, which sees Noma Dumezweni star as a woman determined to change the world.