Following its world premiere at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival, Maurice’s Jubilee visits the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 4th February to Saturday 9th February on its first UK tour.
Three distinguished actors join forces in this wonderful new comic play written by Olivier Award-winning Nichola McAuliffe, who reprises her role as Katy, alongside Olivier Award-winning Julian Glover as Maurice and Sheila Reid as Helena.
“A sparkling gem. A touching love story with a twist in the tail” – The Independent
Maurice, a retired jeweller, living in a bungalow in Penge, is expecting a visit from the Queen. Sixty years ago, when he took charge of the crown jewels on the eve of the coronation, she promised to find him, should she ever reach her diamond jubilee and he his ninetieth birthday. Maurice’s wife, Helena, is convinced he has never met the Queen. Katy, his nurse, thinks it’s time he did. Aged eighty-nine and failing fast, Maurice remains steadfast in his conviction that the Queen is coming to tea and his ninetieth birthday is one worth waiting for. Will either of them make it?
“Quietly wonderful… a triumph” – Evening Standard
Maurice’s Jubilee is a funny and moving exploration of one man’s enduring commitment to a dream. Directed by multiple Fringe First winner Hannah Eidinow, Nichola McAuliffe’s new play was one of the highlights of the 2012 Edinburgh Festival.
“There’s a touch of Alan Bennett in the spry wit… yesteryear England at its best” – Daily Telegraph
One of the most respected actors of his generation, Olivier Award-winning Julian Glover’s stage credits include Henry IV and Henry V for the Royal Shakespeare Company; The Voysey Inheritance at the National Theatre; Richard II at London’s Old Vic; and Oliver! at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. His numerous film and television credits include Game of Thrones; Merlin; Silent Witness; Harry Potter: The Chamber of Secrets; Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade; The Empire Strikes Back; Doctor Who; and the Bond film, For Your Eyes Only. His previous performances at the Theatre Royal Bath include Taking Sides in 2003; Man and Superman and Galileo’s Daughter for The Peter Hall Company 2004 season; and The Dresser in 2004.
Sheila Reid has enjoyed a long and illustrious career in theatre, television and film. Recently, Sheila is best known for playing Madge Harvey in five series of ITV’s Benidorm, a comedy drama which has won two National Television Awards and a BAFTA nomination. Her many credits also range from Sweeney Todd at the National Theatre to the cult film Brazil; the television series All Creatures Great and Small to the 2012 Christmas Special of Call the Midwife. In theatre, she was a member of Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre Company and her extensive stage work also includes American Trade for the Royal Shakespeare Company; Lucky Numbers at the Royal Court; Uncle Vanya at the Young Vic; and In Extremis at The Globe. Her most recent appearances at the Theatre Royal Bath include the National Theatre production of The Good Hope in 2002 and Simon Stephen’s acclaimed 7/7 drama Pornography in 2009.
Nichola McAuliffe won The Stage Edinburgh Award 2012 for Best Actress for her role as Katy in Maurice’s Jubilee. Nichola’s new play follows hot on the heels of the international success enjoyed by her last play A British Subject. Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her lead role in Kiss Me Kate at the Old Vic, Nichola was also nominated for an Olivier Award for her role as the Baroness in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Palladium Theatre. Last year she received acclaim for her performance as Miss Shepherd in Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van, which toured to the Theatre Royal Bath in June 2012. Most recently, Nichola starred as the Wicked Queen in the 2012 pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Theatre Royal Bath. Previously in Bath, Nichola reprised her hilarious West End role as Katisha in The Mikado for Carl Rosa Opera in 2011, and starred as Marjorie in The Peter Hall Company’s production of Home in 2009. On television, she is best known for playing Sheila Sabatini in seven series of Surgical Spirit.
Five-time Fringe First Award-winning director Hannah Eidinow has previously directed Nichola McAuliffe in her play A British Subject at the Arts Theatre in London, at the Brits Off-Broadway Season in New York and at the Pleasance Theatre in Edinburgh. Her many credits also include Somewhere Beneath it All and A Small Fire Burns Still at Edinburgh 2011; An Instinct for Kindness at Edinburgh 2011, London and on UK tour; Lockerbie: Unfinished Business at Edinburgh 2010/11 and on UK tour; What I Heard About Iraq at Edinburgh 2006, UK Tour and in the West End; and Gone at Edinburgh and in the West End 2004. Hannah is in charge of Creative Development at Edinburgh’s Pleasance Theatre.
MAURICE’S JUBILEE appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 4th February to Saturday 9th February. Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk