The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre today announces that it will reopen on June with Siobhan Basset’s The Hound of the Baskervilles (3to 12 June). The theatre is delighted to present this new comedy by Sara Crowe, directed by Joanna Read and designed by Neil Irish.
‘Lovingly crafted during lockdown in her spare bedroom in Teddington, Siobhan Basset (Sara Crowe) is delighted to bring her magnum opus to the stage. In order to adhere, both physically and fiscally, to government measures, the production stars her husband, Michael (Stefan Bednarczyk) and may have to be achieved without set, crew, lights and sound, and potentially without an audience.’
Olivier Award-winner Sara Crowe is known for her numerous film, TV and stage performances, including The Entertainer (UK Tour), Private Lives (Aldwych Theatre), Calendar Girls (UK Tour) and Acorn Antiques: the Musical (UK Tour), and also her screen role of Laura in the classic romantic comedy, Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Stefan Bednarczyk has extensive experience as an actor, musical director and cabaret performer. As an actor, his work includes a year-long run opposite Gene wilder in 23rd Floor, the West End premiere of Noel Coward’s Semi-Monde (Lyric) and The Games of Love and Chance (National Theatre). His films include Florence Foster Jenkins and Mike Leigh’s Topsy Turvy.
The production kicks off a busy summer season for the theatre, which includes Original Theatre Company’s new political drama A Splinter of Ice (15 to 19 June) starring Stephen Boxer (The Crown) and Oliver Ford Davies (Star Wars); Alan Ayckbourn’s comic masterpiece Absurd Person Singular (6 to 10 July); Susan Hill’s acclaimed, spine-chilling ghost story The Woman in Black (12 to 17 July) and the Donmar Warehouse’s acclaimed socially-distanced sound installation Blindness (21 to 26 June). There will also be an exciting programme of work for families including CBeebies’ enchanting Sarah and Duck (21 July); Tall Stories’ heart-warming adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s The Snail and the Whale (3 and 4 August), and interactive treasure hunt experience This Noisy Isle (6 and 7 August).
As well as performances on the Main Stage, the Riverside Garden will once again be open for a series of outdoor performances, including emotionally-charged folk music from popular Devon-based musicians Jacob and Drinkwater (20 June), and pioneering contemporary duo India Electric Co. (8 August).
More shows and events will be announced soon, so keep an eye out at www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk or sign up to the theatre’s mailing list and social media channels for the latest news.