The actress who has played the much loved Housekeeper, Mrs Hughes in ITV hit show Downton Abbey, is set to tread the boards and star in Noel Coward’s Present Laughter.
Phyllis Logan is finally making a come back to the stage, and I for one couldn’t be more delighted! She’s a versatile actress who has played a range of roles on screen, notably Lovejoy, Secrets and Lies, Another Time Another Place and of course, Downton Abbey. On stage she received excellent reviews for 2,000 Feet Away, in 2008, so I feel confident she will succeed in her return to her roots.
Downton Abbey closed its doors on Christmas Day (in the UK) and although there is a rumoured Movie in the works, for the moment at least, the cast are free to pursue other projects. Hugh Bonneville is taking to the stage in Chichester when he opens in Enemy of the People, Laura Carmichael (who played Edith) is currently appearing in The Maids in London’s West End and Lily James (who played Rose) will be starring in Kenneth Brannagh’s Romeo and Juliet at London’s Garrick Theatre from next month.
It must be easy to get used to one medium and a singular way of working when undertaking a role in a series such as Downton Abbey, so this is a wise career move, in my opinion. May it be the first of many theatre roles for one of our treasured actresses.
Present Laughter also stars Samuel West from ITV’s Mr Selfridge (among many other credits) and the show starts its tour on 22nd June at Theatre Royal, Bath, and takes in Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Richmond, Brighton and Malvern. Follow this link for more information http://www.uktw.co.uk/Tour/Play/Present-Laughter/T1652435280/
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