Timothy West leads an exceptional cast as Hilary, a former Foreign Office official who is living with his long-suffering wife (Jean Marsh), up to his neck in English books, Elgar and fading memories. When his sister (Susan Tracy) and newly knighted brother-in-law (Simon Williams) come to visit, Hilary is forced to re-examine his allegiances.
Alan Bennett, who received an Olivier in 2005 for his Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre, is one of Britain’s best-loved dramatists. The author of modern day classics such as Talking Heads, The Madness of George III and the award winning History Boys. His brilliantly observant view of the British way of life is distinguished in The Old Country with his trademark blistering wit, sparkling dialogue and poignant tenderness.
This production furthers Timothy West’s long association with ETT, following Henry IV, The Master Builder and King Lear. Simon Williams’ many credits include Upstairs Downstairs, Agony, First Among Equals and The Winslow Boy. Jean Marsh famously co-created and starred in Upstairs Downstairs, and her recent credits include Bremner Bird & Fortune and Most Mysterious Murders.
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