Star Maureen in sparkling comedy

03/04 Updated: 03/04 15:27

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OLIVIER award winner Maureen Lipman will direct and star in a spectacular revival of Neil Simon’s award-winning comedy Barefoot in the Park at Malvern Theatres, from Monday (April 9) to Saturday, April 14.

Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre has assembled a top-flight cast for the production of the prolific playwright’s sparkling comedy, which follows a couple’s chaotic quest to live in newly-wedded bliss.

Corrie and Paul have just moved into a small, cold fifth floor apartment.

Corrie is starry-eyed - Paul less so after staggering up five flights of stairs to their new home. Their building seems to be populated by unusual characters, the most bohemian being Victor.

The newly-weds’ troubles come to a head when Corrie tries playing Cupid between Victor and her lonely mother and after a disastrous dinner party she learns that walking barefoot in the park may not necessarily denote joie de vivre.

Acclaimed stage actress Lipman stars as Mrs Banks in this vibrant comedy, having appeared in West End plays such as See How They Run, for which she won an Olivier Award, Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Joining her on stage will be Oliver Cotton, who has worked extensively at the RSC, the Royal Court and in London’s West End, where he has starred in such plays as The Homecoming by Harold Pinter, Children of A Lesser God by Mark Medoff and An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde. Faye Castelow and Dominic Tighe also star.

Tickets cost from £17.50, under 26s £8. To book call the box office on 01684 892277.

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