Paul McGann to tour with Moira Buffini’s WWII drama, Gabriel

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Paul McGann is to star in Moira Buffini’s WWII play, Gabriel, which is to tour the UK from next March.

Theatre6 is producing the drama, which will open the tour at London’s Richmond Theatre. Award-winning director Kate McGregor will helm the production.

The story of Gabriel takes place in 1943 Nazi-occupied Guernsey. Widow and mother Jeanne does whatever it takes to keep her adolescent daughter Estelle and daughter-in-law Lily safe on an island filled with danger and fear.

Her toughest test arrives in the form of the terrifying Commander Von Pfunz, whose romantic advances may be the only way to keep her family alive.

But tensions intensify when a mysterious young man is washed ashore with no memory of who he is. Fluent in German and English, is he an RAF pilot, an SS interrogator, a local boy with amnesia or a saviour sent from heaven?

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Paul McGann, who established his name in the iconic cult film Withnail and I, returns to the stage for his first UK Tour.

As well as numerous TV and film credits, including the TV series Hornblower, Luther and the film Alien3, Paul’s theatre credits include Helen at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, Butley in London’s West End and Mourning Becomes Electra at the National Theatre.

Paul will play the role of Von Pfunz.

Robin Morrissey will play the title role of Gabriel. His previous theatre credits include The Government Inspector (Birmingham Rep & UK Tour), Sex and the Three Day Week (Liverpool Playhouse), Juno and the Paycock (Bristol Old Vic) and Twelfth Night (Liverpool Everyman). Television credits include Holby City (BBC) and Doctors (BBC).

Sarah Schoenbeck is Lily and Venice van Someren will be playing the role of Estelle.

UK TOUR SCHEDULE

March 28-April 1, RICHMOND THEATRE
April 4–8, LIVERPOOL PLAYHOUSE
April 18–22, THEATRE CLWYD
April 24-29, THEATRE ROYAL WINDSOR
May 15–20, YVONNE ARNAUD, Guildford

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