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Patricia Hodge joins A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

The funny and moving production opens in the West End this September.

Olivier Award-winning actress Patricia Hodge is set to join the cast of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg when it returns to London for a limited run this autumn.

The startlingly funny, critically acclaimed play by Peter Nichols will open on 21 September 2019 and run until 30 November 2019 at Trafalgar Studios in the West End.

Hodge is best known for her work on the BBC One comedy Miranda where she appeared as Penny, Miranda Hart’s hilarious match-making mother. Chances are you’ve also seen her on TV in shows like Downton Abbey, Rumpole of the Bailey and most recently, A Very English Scandal.

Hodge has numerous theatre credits under her belt too. Soon after her West End debut in 1972, she starred in The National Theatre’s production of Pippin which was directed by Bob Fosse. Hodge also starred in classics like Look Back in Anger and A Little Night Music.

Over the years she has received three Olivier Award nominations for her work, winning Best Actress in a Musical in 2000 for her performance in Money.

Hodge will take on the role of Bri’s mum Grace in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.

“This play was ground breaking in the 1960s,” she says. “We live in different times but its relevance and impact is ever more powerful.”

Hodge will appear alongside Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner, who are making their long-awaited returns to the West End stage.

Starring in the 2018 Netflix remake of Lost in Space, Stephens’ most recent theatre credit was a starring role in the 2017 London production of the award-winning Oslo. 

Widely recognised for her role as Sue Brockman in the hit BBC comedy show Outnumbered, Skinner’s most recent theatre credits include roles in Nightfall, Rabbit Hole and The Father. 

Set and written in the 1960s, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg tells the story of Bri and Sheila, who have been struggling to care for Josephine, their 10-year-old disabled daughter.

Sheila finds release through joining an amateur drama group, leaving Bri increasingly frustrated and paranoid that his wife is having an affair.

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is considered groundbreaking for its time, and the issues faced by the two central characters still resonate with audiences today.

During the early ’70s, the play was adapted into a critically acclaimed film, and in 2002 a television version of the play was broadcast starring Eddie Izzard.

The bittersweet comedy will be directed by Simon Evans (Killer Joe).

Tickets to see A Day in the Death of Joe Egg at Trafalgar Studios in London are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.

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