Imogen Stubbs to take lead role in top play at the Theatre Royal

English actor and writer Imogen Stubbs (pictured above) is to take to the stage at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds in a production of  Lucy Kirkwood’s “The Children”. 

Directed by the theatre’s artistic director Owen Calvert-Lyons the play was hailed as “one of the top three plays” in The Guardian’s recent Best Theatre shows of the 21st Century list.  

Premiering at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 2016 then transferring to Broadway where it was nominated for Best Play at both the Tony Awards and the Outer Critics Circle, “The Children”| is the latest production to be part of Theatre Royal’s commitment to presenting the best plays of the last 10 years. 

Imogen Stubbs will play Rose, a retired nuclear scientist who challenges old friends, Hazel and Robin, to consider what impact their past actions will have on the world.

Mr Calvert-Lyons believes Imogen is perfect for the part and said: “Imogen is one of our country’s most celebrated actors. Audiences will know her work from both stage and screen. ‘The Children’ is a powerful play and it needs great actors to play these parts; we were delighted when Imogen accepted the role. We are a relatively small theatre so our audiences are in for a real treat, getting to witness powerhouse performances up close.”  

Imogen was born in Northumberland and lived briefly in Portsmouth, where her father was a naval officer, before moving with her parents to London, where they lived in a barge on the Thames. 

Educated at St. Paul’s and then Westminster, she won a scholarship to Oxford University, where she gained a First-Class degree in English. 

Her acting career started at Oxford, where she played Irina in a student production of “Three Sisters” at the Oxford Playhouse. After graduating, she enrolled at RADA, and while there had her first professional work, playing Sally Bowles in “Cabaret” at the Wolsey Theatre, in Ipswich. In 1982 she also appeared in her first film “Privileged”.

In 1998 she won Royal Shakespeare Company critics award for Most Promising Newcomer Award.

In 2004, Imogen’s first play “We Happy Few”, directed by Trevor Nunn and starring Juliet Stevenson and Marcia Warren, opened at the Gielgud Theatre.

She has written for many newspapers and magazines, including a column in a leading newspaper and many happy years of travel writing. This has taken her all over the world – crossing the mountains in Kyrgyzstan on horseback, travelling across frozen Alaska with The Iditarod, horse surfing the sand dunes in the Atacama desert in Chile, and so much more.

Her extensive and varied TV credits include D H Lawrence’s “The Rainbow”, as well as a series regular in the BBC’s Big Kids and film credits include “Jack & Sarah”, “Twelfth Night”, “True Colours”, “Deadline”, “A Summer Story” and “Sense and Sensibility”.

The play takes place from Friday, March 10, to Saturday, March 25.

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