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Jim Broadbent (Photo: Broadimage/Rex Features)

Broadbent stars in Bush’s gala performance

Published March 5, 2013

Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent will return to the stage for a special one-off gala reading of Stephen Volk’s The Chapel Of Unrest at the Bush theatre.

Taking place on 15 March, Broadbent is one of many high profile actors to have performed at the West London theatre institution and is now a patron of the Madani Younis-led company.

He will perform a script-in-hand reading of award-winning Volk’s chilling drama. In a similar vein to the screenwriter’s big screen hits The Awakening and The Guardian, his tale of ghosts and the limits of death is a spooky thriller about undertaker Charlie Nimrod and the day he meets George Arbuthnot to bring his daughter’s lifeless body to rest.

One of British’s best loved actors, Broadbent is well-known for his numerous film roles including current hit Cloud Atlas, The Iron Lady, The Young Victoria, Bridget Jones, Iris, Moulin Rouge! and the Harry Potter films.

While he has not been seen on stage in recent years, Broadbent began his career in the theatre, appearing in Kafka’s Dick and Our Country’s Good at the Royal Court theatre, The Government Inspector at the National Theatre, as well as in frequent collaborator Mike Leigh’s Goose-Pimples and Ecstasy.

The Bush theatre’s Artistic Director Younis will direct the reading with tickets available for £100 (£75 for Bush theatre supporters). The gala event will also include a pre-show gin and tonic from sponsors Sipsmith and post-show entertainment.