By Maureen Sullivan
The Apollo Theatre are starting their 49th season of plays with Ladies in Lavender, an emotionally-charged play set in Cornwall in the mid-‘30s.
We meet elderly sisters Ursula and Janet who live a quiet, uneventful life together, close to the Cornish coast. Their world is changed and challenged by the arrival of Andrea, a young Polish man whom they discover on the beach. He has been washed ashore after a shipwreck and, as they nurse him back to health, they learn that he was on his way to a new life in America, and that he is a gifted violinist.
By this time Ursula has formed a deep attachment to Andrea, but how does the young man feel about this? Is he attracted to Olga, more his age? And what about the feelings of Dr Mead, called in to attend Andrea? The stage play, exploring the deep emotions underpinning ordinary lives, was adapted from Charles Dance’s screenplay of the film of the same name, starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.
Ladies in Lavender will be staged at the Apollo Theatre from September 17-25 (not Sunday or Monday) at 7.30pm. Tickets may be booked at ticketsource.co.uk/apollotheatre/ladies-in-lavender/e-gvodge or from the box office on 210010.