Award-winning group Belmont Theatre has announced its February 2018 comedy, The Actress, showing at The Pump House Theatre.

This show will be Belmont Theatre’s entry into the 2018 Barnet and District Drama Festival.

Writer Peter Quilter is a West End and Broadway playwright whose works have been translated into 27 languages and performed in over 40 countries. His shows have been performed in major theatres in cities across six continents.

He is best known for his Broadway play End of the Rainbow, a musical drama about the final months in the life of Judy Garland, and his West End comedy Glorious! He has twice been nominated for the Olivier Award (Best New Comedy and Best New Play) and his Broadway debut was nominated for three Tony Awards.

Watford Observer:

The Actress is a comedy centred on Lydia, as she prepares for her emotional farewell performance in a London theatre.

Various people from her colourful life invade her dressing room to say their goodbyes, declare their undying love, spit insults and renew old battles.

It is a beautifully-written and paced piece by a playwright that keeps you engaged and entertained until the final curtain.

Director Daniele Robson says: “After appearing on stage with Belmont Theatre in Separate Tables and Ladies Who Lunch in 2017, I was delighted to be in the director’s seat again, albeit for the first time with Belmont Theatre.

“When I first read The Actress, it not only made me laugh but also moved me. Its intelligent and witty dialogue makes for a gripping collision between comedy and drama. Setting it in the 1930s has presented obvious challenges, but our amazing production team has supported my vision and directing such a dedicated and talented team of actors is a joy.”

The Actress opens at The Pump House Theatre, Watford, on February 21 and runs until February 24 at 7.45 pm, including a Saturday Matinee at 2.45 pm.