Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre and a West End run at the Duke of York’s Theatre, Laura Wade’s ‘piercingly funny’ (Time Out) play takes to Theatre Royal stage from Friday 18 March to Saturday 2 April.
Judy (Rosanna Miles) and Johnny (Toby Manley) are living the 1950’s dream. Judy, the perfect 1950’s housewife, is reveling in the joys of domesticity: making cakes, cocktails, and homemade marmalade. Johnny has a beautiful wife, a beautiful home, and a promotion on the horizon. But the cracks are starting to appear in this beautiful façade, which threatens their domestic bliss.
Produced and directed in-house, Home I’m Darling is a comedy that tackles gender politics, feminism, and relationships in the gorgeous nostalgic wrapping of a blissful 1950’s style ‘perfect’ marriage.
Featuring popular music of the 50s and the characters jiving and lindy-hopping around their pastel-soaked kitchen and open-plan living space, Laura Wade’s clever play doesn’t so much sing the praises of the good old days as show us that ‘nostalgia ain’t what it used to be’.
Rosanna Miles as Judy.
Now living in Bury St Edmunds, Rosanna Miles trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and most recently toured with London Classic Theatre’s Absurd Person Singular (London Classic Theatre). Stage credits include Blithe Spirit (Noel Coward), Murder In Play (Aldeburgh Classic Theatre) and Beauty & The Beast (Musical Wolf). TV credits include Doctors (BBC), The Grimleys (Granada Television) and Specials (BBC). Christmas pantomime visitors to Theatre Royal may have seen Rosanna step-in as Fairy Godmother at the last minute to cover cast illness!
Toby Manley as Johnny.
Toby recently appeared as Kelvin Ellings in Call the Midwife Christmas Special (Neal Street Productions). Other screen credits include Siblings (Bwark Productions), Enid (Carnival) and Rush (Channel 4). He recently appeared in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (English Theatre Frankfurt). Toby was also one of four professional actors to bring to life plays written by 10-year-old local school children in Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds’ arts in education project Tiny Play, Big Ideas where, among other things, he expertly reprised Gordon Ramsay!
Ellie Burrow as Fran.
Ellie worked on the National Theatre’s production of Home, I’m Darling in the West End and on tour in 2019, covering all the female roles. She is looking forward to jiving on the Theatre Royal’s stage in Bury St Edmunds. Other stage credits include: Macbeth and Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre), The Mousetrap (West End), People (National Theatre & tour)
Charles Hagerty as Marcus.
Charles attended The Catholic University of America, gaining a Bachelors Degree in Musical Theatre. TV credits include The Power (Sister Pictures/Amazon) and Suspicion (Apple TV). Stage credits include All About Eve (Sonia Friedman Productions, West End), Cabaret (Bill Kenwright Limited) and The Bodyguard (West End and Toronto).
Hilary Harwood as Sylvia.
Hilary trained at Warwick University and Exeter Universities, The Open University and The Actors Centre. Stage credits include Butterflies Are Free, Double Death and Present Laughter (Paul Taylor-Mills Ltd) and The Butterfly Lion (The Barn Theatre). Hilary has also been a pantomime regular at Guildford Fringe Theatre since 2013.
Kerry Bennett as Alex.
Kerry most recently appear in the film Off Your Head (N.U. Films). For TV, Kerry has appeared in Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and Casualty. Stage credits include Twelfth Night (Malkin Towers Theatre Co, The Contact Theatre) and Calendar Girls (David Pugh Ltd).
National Lottery Love Your Local Theatre 2-4-1 Ticket Offer
Thanks to support from The National Lottery Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds are proud to be participating in their Love Your Local Theatre campaign. When a customer buys a ticket for Home I’m Darling, The Bone Sparrow or When The Long Trick’s Over presented on selected dates during the month of March they get another ticket free, courtesy of the National Lottery.
The National Lottery is subsidising over 180,000 tickets at theatres across the UK as a thank you to National Lottery players for the £30m they raise each week for good causes – including the arts and theatre.
The initiative also hopes to encourage people to support their local theatre as venues across the UK look to recover from the impact of Covid-19.
Visit www.LoveYourLocalTheatre.com for details of participating theatres. This promotion is available to anyone who is a National Lottery player and possesses a ticket or other proof of purchase for a National Lottery game. This campaign and promotion is run by UK Theatre.
The money for this initiative is coming from a National Lottery promotional fund. It is not being funded by money allocated for National Lottery Good Causes or by Camelot.
Terms and conditions apply – www.theatreroyal.org/love241/