Saturday, 22 September 2018

Home sometimes hard to find

FOUR stranded actors rehearsing at the Mill at Sonning managed to find digs after an appeal went out in the

FOUR stranded actors rehearsing at the Mill at Sonning managed to find digs after an appeal went out in the Standard in February.

The four, who were limbering up for the latest play opening next week, wanted to stay locally rather than commute, and the Mill’s managing director Sally Hughes managed to find them lodgings through the arts pages.

“It worked,” she said. “It went really well and we got everybody somewhere to stay. We were over the moon.”

There’s No Place Like A Home, which opens next Thursday, is a comedy written and directed by West End producer Paul Elliott, and for the past fortnight rehearsals have shifted to a studio in Vauxhall to fit in with his busy schedule — he is also currently working on a play with David Suchet. He has previously worked with such illustrious stars as Sir Ian McKellen and Rupert Everett.

This latest play is set at the Stollberg Hall Retirement Home For Theatrical Performers which is under threat of closure. The residents devise a plan to kidnap a celebrity and demand a ransom.

The cast includes Peter Byrne, currently also appearing in Holby City, Geoffrey Davies, best known as Dick Stuart-Clark in the TV Doctor series, and Jill Freud who was married to Clement Freud, and ran a touring theatre company for many years.

lThere’s No Place Like A Home opens at the Mill at Sonning on Thursday, April 11 and runs until May 18. Box office 0118 969 8000 or visit www.millatsonning.com

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