Helen George will play My Cousin Rachel at Theatre Royal Bath

A new production of Daphne du Maurier’s psychological thriller My Cousin Rachel will take to the stage of the Theatre Royal Bath this November with Call The Midwife star, Helen George, in the titular role.

Adapted by Joseph O’Connor and directed by Anthony Banks, the production will run in theatre’s Main House.

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca and Don’t Look Now) enthralled readers when it was first published in 1951 and went on to become an international bestseller.

This acclaimed stage adaptation premiered at Dublin’s Gate Theatre in 2012 and now returns to the stage in a brand new production.

Helen George said: “My Cousin Rachel was one of my favourite books when I was growing up, so I’m absolutely thrilled to be playing the wonderfully exotic and complex Rachel. I can’t wait to get my wig on!”

Ambrose Ashley, a wealthy landowner, is wintering in Italy when he meets a distant relation, Rachel.

Everything changes as his young ward, Philip, receives news that Ambrose has married Rachel and then goes on to find that Ambrose has died suddenly, and his widow has gone.

Philip, convinced that Rachel was responsible for Ambrose’s death, travels to meet her in Cornwall, only to become seduced by her charms.

Philip is torn between believing that Rachel is a murderess and a gold-digger, or on the other hand that she is a maligned victim of rumour and suspicion.

Helen George is best known for starring in the lead role of Trixie Franklin in the BAFTA-winning BBC One series Call the Midwife.

She has received critical acclaim for her varied stage credits, including Trevor Nunn’s revival of Terrance Rattigan’s Love in Idleness and in the title role of Patrick Marber’s After Miss Julie, also directed by Anthony Banks.

My Cousin Rachel plays at Theatre Royal Bath from November 13 – 23 followed by a limited tour, dates and venues to be announced.

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