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The only way is onwards for Essex drama

Published 2 March 2012

Following rave reviews and full houses, David Eldridge’s play In Basildon is to extend its run at the Royal Court.

The family drama, which opened on 22 February, will now play at the Sloane Square venue until 5 April.

Described by The Guardian’s Michael Billington as “the best play about British working-class life since Peter Gill’s The York Realist”, In Basildon, which tells the story of Len (Phil Cornwell) on his death bed, explores inheritance and the myth of place.

Directed by the Royal Court’s Artistic Director Dominic Cooke, whose recent credits include Chicken Soup With Barley, the multi award-winning production of Clybourne Park and The Comedy Of Errors at the National Theatre, the Essex-based play stars Linda Bassett, who is best-known for her on-screen roles in Larkrise To Candleford and Grandma’s House.

After its extended season, In Basildon will be followed at the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Downstairs by Mike Bartlett’s Love Love Love, which tells the story of a fiery relationship sparked in the haze of the 60s.

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