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Stage Play News: Brenda Blethyn is Haunted

Brenda Blethyn (aka P&P's Mrs. Bennet) is the latest and the 7th P&P actor to be doing either a broadway or stage play production in the recent and coming months, starting March 15 - 20, 2010.

[source: theatre royal bath]

Duncan C Weldon, Paul Elliott & Lane Productions present The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester production

By Edna O’Brien
Directed by Braham Murray

Monday 15th – Saturday 20th March

Starring Brenda Blethyn, Niall Buggy and Beth Cooke


“The writing is sublime…You couldn’t ask for a more finely nuanced set of performances than those in Braham Murray’s exemplary production” – Daily Telegraph

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When a bewitching young woman who runs a vintage clothes stall turns up at Mr Berry’s London home to collect some clothing, he is entranced. He takes the chance to enjoy her company by accepting free elocution lessons from her in return for presents of expensive clothes and jewellery which belonged to his late wife. The only problem is, Mrs Berry is not actually dead. As Mrs Berry starts to notice her shrinking wardrobe, Mr Berry’s fantasy slowly begins to unravel.

An exquisitely written story of love and betrayal, Haunted enjoyed its World Premiere at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre in May. The production reunited Brenda Blethyn (for whom Edna O’Brien wrote this stage adaptation) with director Braham Murray and designer Simon Higlett after their highly acclaimed collaboration on The Glass Menagerie last year.

Brenda Blethyn is best known for films such as A River Runs Through It, Night Train, Little Voice, Saving Grace and, Mike Leigh’s Secrets and Lies, for which she won a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA and an Oscar nomination. Her more recent stage credits include Benefactors, Habeas Corpus and Mrs Warren’s Profession. Her many television credits include Belonging, Outside Edge and Chance in a Million.

Haunted is by distinguished Irish writer Edna O’Brien, described by Pulitzer Prize winning American novelist Philip Roth as ‘the most gifted woman now writing in English’. The author of the trilogy The Country Girls, she was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (Fiction) in 1990 for Lantern Slides.

“An enchanting exploration of desire and regret” – Observer

“Brenda Blethyn is excellent…O’Brien’s language is beautifully chosen – an assured piece of theatre” – Metro

“This is a lovely new play, subtly directed by Braham Murray and with three equally great performances” – British Theatre Guide



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