Redbridge Stage Company read to Chalk up success

WHAT are the terrible secrets hidden in the St Maugham household? Why will nothing thrive in the garden? Enid Bagnold s sparkling play, The Chalk Garden, examines a dysfunctional family trying to come to terms with a new era as the Empire declines and th

WHAT are the terrible secrets hidden in the St Maugham household?

Why will nothing thrive in the garden?

Enid Bagnold's sparkling play, The Chalk Garden, examines a dysfunctional family trying to come to terms with a new era as the Empire declines and the modern world, as we know it, starts to intrude.

Dark secrets from the past are brought to light by the arrival of the mysterious Miss Madrigal. The house - and the garden - will never be the same again.

Long neglected, The Chalk Garden is considered a "lost classic" but has recently enjoyed enormous success in a West End revival at the Donmar Warehouse.

In 1956 a London production was directed by John Gielgud and starred Peggy Ashcroft and Edith Evans. A film version was made in 1964 with Deborah Kerr, Edith Evans and Hayley and John Mills.

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It now comes to the Kenneth More Theatre, Oakfield Road, Ilford, performed by Redbridge Stage Company.

The glowing production features Ilford Recorder Theatre Personality of The Year, Christine Keates, and recent Kenny Award winner Liz Calnan.

The play runs Thursday to Saturday. Curtain up at 7.30pm (Saturday matinee at 3pm).

Tickets from the box office on 020 8553 4466.

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