Star-studded cast for Noel Coward gem

Jason Durr and Jenny Seagrove
Jason Durr and Jenny Seagrove

THE NEWLY-discovered Noel Coward gem Volcano comes to the Devonshire Park Theatre from June 25-30, with Jenny Seagrove leading a star cast.

This is the first major production of a play, never performed in the author’s lifetime, which gives a fascinating insight into the glamorous and scandalous Caribbean lifestyle that Coward himself enjoyed.

Recently widowed Adela Shelly finds herself being seduced by the suave Guy Littleton, a visitor to her elegant Caribbean house on the side of an island volcano.

When Guy’s acid-tongued wife Melissa decides to fly in to see off the competition, she hasn’t considered that Adela’s best friend, Ellen, might also be falling for her husband’s charms!

As tensions bubble up from under the surface and begin to erupt, so does the volcano, all with explosive consequence... Jenny Seagrove has played leading roles in almost every West End play house. Her most recent performance was in Rufus Norris’s critically-acclaimed production of Clifford Odets The Country Girl.

Jenny’s illustrious career has also included roles in films Local Hero and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, in the Emmy Nominated hit television series A Woman of Substance and BBC’s Judge John Deed.

Joining Jenny is Dawn Steele, best known for her roles in Wild at Heart and Monarch of the Glen, and Jason Durr who played the lead role in Heartbeat and recently guest starred in the two-part British television drama Above Suspicion, ITV’s Lewis and has played Tony Blair on stage.

Other cast members include Finty Williams (Gosford Park and The Cranford Chronicles), Perdita Avery (Swimming with Sharks in the West End with Christian Slater and in E4’s Skins), Robin Sebastian (The Producers UK tour, and on TV in Sherlock), and Tim Daish who played alongside Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott’s feature film Robin Hood, with Roy Marsden directing.

Evening performances are at 7.45pm, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm.