Queen’s to stage heartwarming comedy by sitcom genius

The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch proudly presents A Month of Sundays from 23 September – 15 October, an award-winning heart-warming comedy by the renowned Bob Larbey.   Audiences know and adore the work of the celebrated late writer Bob Larbey, author of many iconic television sitcoms including The Good Life, As Time Goes By and A Fine Romance.   About A Month of Sundays: In his pleasant nursing home, Cooper rails against his ageing body but remains proud of not having ‘lost his marbles’. Aylott, his friend, is increasingly concerned about losing his. Wit and humour keep their worries at bay: Cooper flirts outrageously with pretty nurse Wilson while both men fantasise about escaping to Switzerland. But when Cooper discovers that his grandson no longer wants to see him, and Aylott’s worst fears are realised, he knows a turning point has been reached. Is it ever enough to keep treating life as a comedy… if not, the painful question is: where does he go from here?   A Month of Sundays was Larbey’s first play and Russell Bolam directs this first major revival. Winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy of the Year, this unmissable homage to the experience of growing old is a vibrant arena of quick-fire wit - seamlessly blending laugh-out-loud hilarity with moments of immense poignancy.   Douglas Rintoul, the Queen’s Theatre’s Artistic Director, says: “It was an important decision for us to stage A Month of Sundays. As a cultural hub in an area with a large number of residents aged 65 and over, we believe it is crucial to programme work which celebrates age – work that recognises and reflects the diversity, interests and concerns of our local community.”   William Hoyland stars as Cooper. William has worked extensively with the most eminent theatre companies across the UK and he has also appeared in some of the world’s best-known films as well as numerous television hits. These include: Return of the Jedi, Gandhi, For Your Eyes Only, Scoop, Life on Mars, The Thick of It, Call the Midwife and Rules of Engagement.   Aylott is played by Robin Hooper and Anna Leong Brophy is Nurse Wilson. They are joined by: Gareth Clarke, Sophie Russell and Connie Walker.   This wonderfully talented company share a wealth of experience between them, having performed  at the most notable venues across the UK and internationally including the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Royal Court, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and in numerous West End productions. Film and television credits include: The Office, Coronation Street, Vera, Monarch of the Glen, Scott & Bailey, Lucan, Hollyoaks, Silent Witness and Secret Diary of a Call Girl.   Director Russell Bolam has worked with numerous luminaries of stage and screen including the Olivier Award-winning actors Matthew Kelly and Kathryn Hunter, Downton Abbey star Lily James, John Hannah (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Mummy trilogy) and Paul McGann (Withnail and I, Doctor Who).   Design is by Anthony Lamble, lighting design by Katharine Williams, sound design by Rebecca Smith and movement direction by Jack Murphy.   A Month of Sundays runs at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch from 23 September – 15 October. Tickets are from £12.50 - £29. Call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or book online.

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