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Stars of screen all set to head on stage

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

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TWO stars of the small screen will be treading the boards this summer in Stafforshire by starring in a classic play.

David Lonsdale, known for his role as David in Heartbeat, and Sarah Jane Buckley, who recently starred in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, will be the main attractions in the Garrick Rep Company’s next showcase later this month.

The Lichfield Garrick is hosting the three-week run of September in the Rain this June

Following on from last year’s success with Educating Rita, the Garrick Rep Company is presenting John Godber’s classic play which tells the touching and humorous story of a marriage through a lifetime of annual September holidays together.

Loosely based on Godber’s own Yorkshire grandparents, September in the Rain is a nostalgic wander down the rain-sodden streets and beaches of Blackpool in its heyday.

Jack and Liz guide audiences gently back through their various September holidays spent in the famous British resort: the cramped boarding houses, sitting on the beach with trousers rolled up and socks pulled up even further, and of course climbing the famous Blackpool tower.

They share with the frustrations and joys of an ordinary marriage: the triumphs, the regrets and the unsung love.

Even after the years have passed, the pair is still very much in love with each other and Blackpool.

David Lonsdale is best known for his role as David Stockwell in the long-running series Heatbeat.

The show also stars Sarah Jane Buckley, who played the role of Kathy Barnes in the hit Channel 4 Soap Hollyoaks and is starring as Eva Cassidy in the national tour of Songbird.

The Lichfield Garrick Rep Company’s production of the long-standing Godber classic will be directed by Gareth Tudor Price and designed by John Brooking.

September in the Rain runs at the Lichfield Garrick from Friday,May 30 to Saturday, June 21, with a variety of evening and matinee performances.

Tickets cost from £12 for adults and £10 for students, and can be booked online at www.lichfieldgarrick.com or by calling the box office on 01543 412121.

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