Frances Barber signs for Madame Rubinstein at Park Theatre

Frances Barber and Jonathan Forbes are set to join Miriam Margolyes in the premiere of Madame Rubinstein at London’s Park Theatre next month.

Park Theatre’s artistic director, Jez Bond will direct John Misto’s comedy which is set against the glamorous skylines of 1950s Manhattan.

World-leading cosmetics entrepreneur Helen Rubinstein is locked in a power struggle with rivals Elizabeth Arden and Revlon.

From humble beginnings as a Polish-Jewish immigrant, this is the story behind one of the best-known faces in the world of beauty.

But as her professional and family conflicts reach fever pitch, will the ghosts of a turbulent past topple one
of the world’s richest business women.

Madame Rubinstein is a bright new comedy where the nails are painted and the gloves are off. Yet when the lipstick bleeds and the makeup fades, what is there left to hide behind?

Jez Bond said: “I’m thrilled to have assembled such a stellar cast for our next in-house production, which, I’m pleased to say is already the fastest selling show in Park Theatre’s history.

“Both in terms of the current, continuing debate on feminism and identity, and in terms of their incredible struggle in a male dominated world, the true story of these 20th Century pioneers continues to resonate in 2017.

“I’m delighted to be directing this world premiere that I’m sure will delight and amuse as well as inform and challenge audiences.”

Madame Rubinstein runs at the Park Theatre from April 26-May 27.

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