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Harriet Walter and Guy Paul star in Boa

Published 5 December 2014

Olivier Award winner Harriet Walter will make her first ever London stage appearance alongside her husband Guy Paul next February when the couple stars in Boa at the Trafalgar Studios.

Clara Brennan’s two-hander, which tells an acerbic, warm and honest account of a lifetime in love, will play in the intimate Trafalgar Studio 2 from 5 February to 7 March.

Walter has just completed the run of Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Henry IV at the Donmar Warehouse, a production that followed the success of 2013’s Julius Caesar, in which the actress also starred.

One of Britain’s best-loved stage actors, Walter’s other numerous stage credits include Women Beware Women at the National Theatre and extensive credits at the Royal Shakespeare Company, while on screen she has appeared in films including Sense And Sensibility, The Young Victoria and Atonement.

Her husband, American actor Paul, is a well-known presence on Broadway, having appeared in productions of Twelve Angry Men, King Lear and The King And I. The actor’s film credits include Hyde Park On Hudson, George Washington II: The Forging Of A Nation and The Fifth Estate.

Reuniting on stage following their performances together in Broadway’s Mary Stuart, where they met for the first time, Walter and Paul tell the tender and powerful story of Louis, Belinda and their 30 years of overwhelming affection, wine, words and dance.

Directed by Hannah Price, the production adds to an eclectic winter season for the Trafalgar Studio 2. World War-I drama Not About Heroes ends its run this weekend and will be followed by two Charles Dickens-inspired plays, Sikes & Nancy and Miss Havisham’s Expectations, and Moses Raine’s Moscow-set familial drama Donkey Heart.

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