Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner will reunite for the first time in 18 years this autumn, to star together in the West End revival of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.
Directed by Simon Evans, this production of Peter Nichols’ ground breaking bitter sweet comedy opens at Trafalgar Studios in September.
The stars last worked together 18 years ago on the award winning BBC TV drama, Perfect Strangers.
Bri (Stephens) and Sheila (Skinner) have been struggling to care for their disabled 10-year old daughter Josephine ever since she was born.
Nicknaming her “Joe Egg”, they lose themselves in fantasy games and black humour to help cope with the struggle of their daily reality.
Joe Eggwas one of the ground-breaking plays of its generation and the issues faced by two parents in this bittersweet comedy still resonate with audiences today.
Inspired by Nichols’ own experience of bringing up his disabled daughter in the 1960s, it breaks your heart one minute and fills it with warmth the next.
Toby Stephens said: “I’m thrilled to be part of a revival of this fantastic play.
“Reading it for the first time, I couldn’t believe that it had been written in the late sixties; it felt so vivid, dark and anarchically funny.
“The play still feels very raw and relevant, today.
“I’m very glad to be working with Claire Skinner again after quite a long interval – some 18 years!
“I think she is a very fine actor and I was really excited to hear that she wanted to do the play as well.”
Claire Skinner said: “I’m really looking forward to coming back to the West End with this complex, thought provoking and funny play and I’m also looking forward to working with Toby again after 18 years.”
Simon Evans said: “At a time when the act of living well from day to day seems tougher than ever, I can’t help but resonate with the characters in Joe Egg: displaying such wit, weakness, cruelty and courage as they struggle on.
“I’ve been a fan of Toby and Claire for years and the opportunity to explore Bri and Sheila with actors of their calibre, and share Peter’s seminal play again with a London audience, is such an honour.”
This startlingly funny and celebrated play runs at the Trafalgar Studios from September 21 until November 30.