‘Ambrose Ashley, a wealthy landowner, is wintering in Italy when he meets a distant relation, Rachel. Everything changes as his young ward, Philip, receives news that Ambrose has married Rachel and then goes on to find that Ambrose has died suddenly, and his widow has gone. Philip, convinced that Rachel was responsible for Ambrose’s death, travels to meet her in Cornwall, only to become seduced by her charms. Philip is torn between believing that Rachel is a murderess and a gold-digger, or on the other hand that she is a maligned victim of rumour and suspicion’.
Call the Midwife’s Helen George will star in Theatre Royal Bath’s stage adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s psychological thriller, ‘My Cousin Rachel’.
Adapted by Joseph O’Connor and directed by Anthony Banks, the production will run in Theatre Royal Bath’s Main House from 13th to 23rd November, with an opening night for press on 20th November.
‘My Cousin Rachel’ by Daphne du Maurier, author of ‘Rebecca‘ and ‘Don’t Look Now‘, enthralled readers when it was first published in 1951 and went on to become an international bestseller. This acclaimed stage adaptation by Joseph O’Connor premiered at Dublin’s Gate Theatre in 2012 and now returns to the stage in a brand new production.
Helen George is best known for starring in the lead role of Trixie Franklin in the BAFTA-winning BBC One series ‘Call the Midwife’. Further credits include Paul W S Anderson‘s ‘The Three Musketeers’ and ‘7 Lives’. On radio, Helen appeared alongside Toby Jones in BBC Radio 4‘s dramatisation of Penelope Fitzgerald‘s ‘Human Voices’ and in Colin Bytheway‘s drama ‘Departure’. Helen has received critical acclaim for her varied stage credits, including Trevor Nunn‘s revival of Terrance Rattigan‘s ‘Love in Idleness’ and in the title role of Patrick Marber‘s ‘After Miss Julie’, also directed by Anthony Banks. Helen also appeared on BBC1‘s Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 where she reached the semi-finals.
Helen George said in a statement: “’My Cousin Rachel’ was one of my favourite books when I was growing up, so I’m absolutely thrilled to be playing the wonderfully exotic and complex Rachel. I can’t wait to get my wig on!”
‘My Cousin Rachel’ will run in Bath from 13th to 23rd November, followed by limited touring dates to be announced.
Priority booking opens on 1st June, with general on-sale from 10th June.