Imelda Staunton takes Good People into West End

Imelda Staunton  in Good People.

Hampstead Theatre’s production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s play Good People transfers to the Noёl Coward Theatre for a limited season of ten weeks.

Following a sell-out run at Hampstead Theatre, the production will transfer with a cast led by Imelda Staunton and Lloyd Owen.

Jonathan Kent’s production received universal praise when it made its UK première at Hampstead Theatre last month.

Staunton plays the sharp-tongued single mum Margie. Born on “the wrong side of the tracks” in South Boston she struggles to make ends meet and is forever losing her job.

Hearing that an old boyfriend who has made good, is around, she decides to corner him – old loyalties should be good for something.

Edward Hall, Hampstead Theatre’s artistic director said: “I am utterly delighted that Good People is having this very well-deserved West End run.

“It’s a truly brilliant play beautifully directed, and the cast are astonishingly good in it.

“It was sold out at Hampstead before those really great reviews appeared, so it’s especially pleasing that so many people who would otherwise have been disappointed will now have a chance to catch it.”

Good People won the New York Drama Desk Critic’s Circle Award for Best Play of the year.

It’s a busy year for Staunton who is set to be directed by Kent in the Chichester Festival Theatre production of the Broadway musical, Gypsy, later this year.

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