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Good People gets West End transfer

Published 21 March 2014

Olivier Award winner Imelda Staunton will reprise her role alongside Lloyd Owen in David Lindsay-Abaire’s hit play Good People when it transfers to the Noël Coward Theatre next month.

The witty and tender South Boston-set drama about an out-of-work single mother will play from 10 April (press night 19 April) to 14 June following its UK premiere at the Hampstead Theatre earlier this month.

In his five star review of the production, Henry Hitchings described the play as “blisteringly funny”, while The Guardian’s Michael Billington wrote “Lindsay-Abaire has written a cracking lead role which Staunton fills to perfection.”

Directed by Jonathan Kent, the Hampstead Theatre cast includes Angel Coulby, Lorraine Ashbourne, Matthew Barker and June Watson, but only Staunton and Owen have been confirmed for the West End transfer.

Talking about the production’s forthcoming move, the Hampstead Theatre’s Artistic Director Edward Hall said: “I am utterly delighted that Good People is having this very well-deserved West End run. It’s a truly brilliant play beautifully directed, and the cast are astonishingly good in it. It was sold out at Hampstead before those really great reviews appeared, so it’s especially pleasing that so many people who would otherwise have been disappointed will now have a chance to catch it.”

The drama, which still has two weeks to run at the Swiss Cottage venue, tells the story of Margie who is struggling to provide for her daughter. Then a glimmer of hope arrives in the form of an old flame, but turning up at his house for a drinks party leads to their darkest secrets being revealed.

Good People will open at the Noël Coward Theatre following Olivier Award nominated comedy The Full Monty, which will come to a premature close on 29 March following just over a month in the West End.

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