Jonathan Church Theatre Productions and Cambridge Arts Theatre have announced that Dame Penelope Keith will star in a 2022 UK tour of the bittersweet comedy, Two Cigarettes in the Dark, a brand new play by Stephen Wyatt, which will be directed by Alan Strachan and designed by Simon Higlett.
Two Cigarettes in the Dark will open at Chichester Festival Theatre from 17 to 26 February 2022, before touring to Cambridge Arts Theatre (3 March – 12 March), Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford (14 – 19 March), New Theatre, Cardiff (22 – 26 March), Richmond Theatre (28 March – 2 April), Theatre Royal Brighton (4 – 9 April), Theatre Royal Bath (19 – 23 April) and Malvern Theatres (25 – 30 April).
Bright, witty, and fiercely independent, Isabel is not ready to let go just yet.
In a series of encounters with an old friend and her two sons, by turns funny, startling and poignant, home truths are exchanged, and her past begins to emerge. As Isabel confronts her own hidden regrets and family secrets, we learn what hides below the surface of this proud mother, wife, and friend. Finally, Isabel is able to make peace with her life and say goodbye.
Dame Penelope Keith said:
“Following this difficult period for regional theatres I am delighted to be bringing this new play to a group of theatres and audiences who have been important to me over the years. When I read Stephen’s touching and amusing play which has at its centre a (rare to find) role for an actress of a certain age, I knew immediately I wanted to play the part and bring this play to audiences across the country.”