Monday, August 19

Sheridan Smith in This Sporting Life

Sheridan Smith is currently rehearsing for A Midsummer Night's Dream  playing Titania Queen of the Fairies to David Walliams' Bottom which is due to open at the Noel Coward Theatre on 9th September.

She is also due to appear in a major season of BBC dramas called The British New Wave Season on BBC Radio 4  celebrating novels that became iconic films in the 1960s.

It includes plays by writers  Nell Dunn, David Storey and John Osborne, who are described by the BBC as “angry young men and modern women who were giving a voice to the working classes and rebelling against the established order”.

Sheridan Smith,  James Purefoy and Emily Watson will star in This Sporting Life, an adaptation of  David Storey’s book by Andrew Lynch which is being directed by Johnny Vegas. It will also feature John Thomson and Julia Davis and is to be broadcast on Saturday August 31st at 2:30 pm.

This Sporting Life is a beautiful, yet repressed, Northern drama which contrasts the deep wants and needs of protagonist Arthur Machin with the stark aggression of the rugby pitch, the atmosphere of the match, changing rooms,  dance hall, struggles in the bedroom and arguments by the kitchen hearth.

James Purefoy plays Arthur Machin and Emily Watson is Mrs Hammond, accompanied on the touchline by an ensemble cast including John Thomson, Julia Davis, Sheridan Smith and Philip Jackson.

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