Following a sell-out run at the Finborough theatre earlier this year, the Two’s Company production of London Wall will transfer to the St James theatre next month.
Playing from 7 May (press night 10 May) to 1 June, London Wall tells the story of an office manager and his unsolicited advances towards his new teenage typist. While some of her fellow secretaries try to warn her, others leave her to her fate, but meanwhile cynical Miss Janus is jilted by her lover and at the desperate age of 35 her romantic life seems to be over.
First staged at the Duke of York’s theatre in 1931 offering audiences a rare look at the lives of female office workers in the City, the play remains just as topical eight decades later, a time when men still struggle to view women as professional equals.
Described by The Guardian’s Michael Billington as “rivetingly entertaining” when it opened at the Finborough theatre in February as part of a series of 20th century plays, the production is directed by Tricia Thorns and features a cast including Maia Alexander, Marty Cruickshank, Alix Dunmore, Timothy O’Hara, Alex Robertson and David Whitworth.
London Wall will open at the St James theatre following The Thrill Of Love, Amanda Whittington’s new play about Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be executed in the United Kingdom, which plays until 4 May.