Penelope Keith returns to Chichester this autumn to play celebrated actress Mrs Patrick Campbell in Anton Burge’s Mrs Pat.
In advance of the winter season, Penelope Keith will appear at the Minerva Theatre in a one-woman play about the celebrated 19th and 20th century actress. She will be reunited with director Alan Strachan who directed her in Entertaining Angels.
From her ground-breaking performance as Hedda Gabler on the London stage, to leading roles on Broadway and in Hollywood, Mrs Patrick Campbell travelled the world playing passionate and rebellious characters.
Offstage, her life was equally dramatic. As muse and equal to writer George Bernard Shaw, she inspired and played the very first Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion.
In Mrs Pat, the actress waits to escape to rural France as Europe faces the horrors of World War Two, determined not to retreat quietly as she recalls the highs and lows of her defiant life.
Penelope Keith’s numerous appearances at Chichester include The Way of the World, her much-loved role as a widowed vicar’s wife in Entertaining Angels, which featured in Jonathan Church and Alan Finch’s inaugural season in 2006, The Rivals and The Importance of Being Earnest (also West End).
Other credits include West End productions of Blithe Spirit, Star Quality and The Norman Conquests (Library Theatre Scarborough and West End).
On screen, she is best known for roles in the BBC television comedies To the Manor Born and The Good Life.
Mrs Pat plays in the Minerva Theatre, Chichester from October 15 – November 7.