Jane Asher and her daughter Katie Scarfe will star together in Andrew Keatley’s new play, The Gathered Leaves, at London’s Park Theatre from July.
The Gathered Leaves is a saga that sees the weight of family history, of reputation, and of expectation, all descend on one family over Easter weekend in 1997.
The Pennington family have not been in the same room for over 17 years. But on the eve of William’s 75th birthday, all three generations gather with the aim of putting the past well and truly behind them.
Jane Asher said: “I’ve always believed that theatre should be all about the writer: the actor’s job is to put across the work to its full potential, and to be doing that for the very first time with a brand new play has always been my favourite kind of stage work.
“So I’m particularly excited about The Gathered Leaves, not only a brilliant and wonderfully written new play, but being staged in a new, beautiful London theatre.
“And – I’ve wanted to work with Katie for many years, so when I heard she had been cast as my stage daughter in the play the whole project became even more special. I can’t wait!”
Katie Scarfe said: “I’m thrilled to be working on this exciting new piece of writing at such a vibrant and fresh London venue. It will be fascinating to have the opportunity to use a real relationship to inform an on-stage one, and I can’t wait to start rehearsals.”
Jane Asher began her career as an actress at the age of five, and has starred in a number of iconic stage and screen productions, including the feature film Alfie, the TV series of Brideshead Revisited and the stage version of Festen.
Her recent stage appearances include Claudia in a new adaptation of Penelope Lively’s Moon Tiger at Bath Theatre Royal and on tour, and Lady Catherine De Bourgh in Pride And Prejudice at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
Katie trained at LAMDA. Recent theatre credits include Season’s Greetings (National Theatre) and Mercury Fur (Old Red Lion, Trafalgar Studios) while her television credits include Emmerdale and Holby City.
The Gathered Leaves runs at the Park Theatre from July 15-August 15.