Louise Jameson stars in Philip Ridley hate-crime drama, Vincent River, at Park Theatre

Louise Jameson is to star with recent graduate Thomas Mahy in a revival of Philip Ridley’s Vincent River at London’s Park Theatre next month.

This modern classic was a huge success when it premiered at the Hampstead Theatre in 2001, and a West End smash in 2007.

By turns thrilling, heartbreaking and darkly humorous, Vincent River is now seen as one of the most powerful explorations of hate crime – and society’s need to crush ‘difference’ – ever written.

Davey has seen something he can never forget. Anita has been forced to flee her home.

Tonight, they meet for the first time… and their lives will change forever.

Louise Jameson played the iconic role of assistant Leela in Dr Who in the Seventies opposite Tom Baker. She later starred in Tenko, Bergerac and EastEnders.

In a 40-year career, her first love, the theatre, has seen her on stage at the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company.

She recently toured the UK playing Miss Marple in Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced, and played Beth in Timberlake Wertenbaker’s new play Winter Hill at Bolton Octagon. Louise also starred in the 60th anniversary production of The Mousetrap UK tour.

Thomas Mahy is a recent graduate of Drama Centre, London. He is currently playing Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights at Euro Theater Bonn, Germany.

Director, Robert Chevara, said: “Philip Ridley is one of Britain’s greatest living writers and I have always wanted to direct his work and collaborate with him.

“Vincent River is both a modern classic and a dazzling, visionary piece of theatre.

“The play is even more prophetic now than when it was first produced.

“The murder of Jo Cox MP shocked the nation and hate crimes have risen by 29% this last year alone.

But hate crimes against LGBT people in the UK have surged by nearly 80% in recent years.

“I am thrilled to have cast an actress I admire, Louise Jameson as Vincent’s grieving, wounded mother Anita, and newcomer Thomas Mahy as the menacing and volatile Davey, who turns up at her door”.

Vincent River runs at the Park Theatre from March 20 – April 14.

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