Orange Tree Theater announces full cast for return of Terence Rattigan WHILE THE SUN SHINES



Following the success of its 2019 sold-out tour, the Orange Tree Theater today announces the return of Terence Rattigan’s While The Sun Shines, directed by OT Artistic Director Paul Miller. Rebecca Collingwood, Conor Glean and Sophie Khan Levy join original actors John Hudson, Philip Labey, Michael Lumsden and Jordan Mifsúd. Production will begin on November 24, with previews from November 20, and run through January 8, 2022, with performances broadcast live via OT on screen on January 6 and 7. While The Sun Shines continues with socially distant headquarters and safety measures.

On the eve of his wedding, the young Earl of Harpenden – Bobby to his friends – offered his room to Joe, an American soldier he had met drunk the day before. When Bobby’s fiancée Lady Elizabeth arrives, Joe gestures, thinking she must be Bobby’s ex, the wonderful Mabel Crum. But a free French lieutenant also has eyes for her … And to complicate matters, Bobby’s future father-in-law also arrives. London in the Blitz, and identities merge: it’s time to make hay …

This first major revival of Rattigan’s delightfully charming comedy in decades was a resounding success in 2019. It was the writer’s biggest hit with over 1,000 performances in the West End when it opened in 1943. .

The creative team is completed by Simon Daw (Designer), Mark Doubleday (Lighting Designer), Elizabeth Purnell (Sound Designer and Composer) and Vicky Richardson (Casting Consultant CDG).

Rebecca Collingwood returns to The Orange Blossom to play Lady Elisabeth Randall – she has previously appeared in Precious Little Talent and Widower’s House. His other theatrical achievements include Malory Towers (Wise Children), The Hartlepool Monkey (Gyre and Gimble / Fuel), Castle (Finborough) and Much Ado About Nothing and Love’s Labor’s Lost (RSC / Chichester / Theater Royal Haymarket).

Conor Glean plays Lieutenant Mulvaney. Her theater credits include After Life (National Theater / Headlong), One Night in Miami (Nottingham Playhouse), Mother Courage and Her Children, Wuthering Heights, Queens of the Coal Age and Scuttlers (Royal Exchange Theater) and Boys (Pappyshow).

John Hudson returns to the Orange Blossom to play Horton – he has also previously appeared The Dark River, Hamlet, Diary of a Scoundrel, A Journey to London, Sauce for the Goose, Flora the Red Menace, The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles, The Maitlands, The Memorandum, What the Heart Feels, Family Circles, The Women of Lockerbie. Her other theatrical achievements include The Deep Blue Sea (Queen’s Theater / Hornchurch), The Browning Version (Mercury Theater), A Man for All Seasons (Chichester Festival / Savoy), Woman in Mind (Stephen Joseph Theater / Vaudeville), Exchange (Nuffield Theater / Vaudeville Theater), Richard III, The Importance of Being Earnest (New Wolsey Theater), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theater) and The Secret Rapture (Bristol Old Vic). For television, his credits include The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Miser, Make and Break, Oscar Wilde, and Absolutely Fabulous.

Sophie Khan Levy plays Mabel Crum. His theater credits include Measure for Measure, As You Like It, Maydays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Christmas Trêve, Love’s Labor’s Lost and Love’s Labor’s Won (RSC), Hanna (Arcola Theater / Papatango), Fracked (Chichester Festival Theater) , 30 (PLAY) and Cymbeline (Belgrade Theater). His television credits include Ride.

Philip Labey returns to the orange tree to play the Earl of Harpendon. His theater credits include Shakespeare in Love (Theater Royal Bath), Posh (Nottingham Playhouse / Salisbury Playhouse), First Episode (Jermyn Street), Not About Heroes (Theater by the Lake), The History Boys (Mercury Theater), The Dark at le haut des escaliers (Belgrade Theater), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Rupert Goold 360 Theater), Peter Pan (New Vic), Hamlet and Henry V (Cambridge Shakespeare Company) and Adam Lives in Theory (Finborough). His television credits include The Power, Vanity Fair, The Royals and Red Dwarf and for the film On Chesil Beach and London Wall.

Michael Lumsden returns to The Orange Blossom to play The Duke of Ayr and Stirling – he has also previously appeared in The Philanderer, Middlemarch, Mary Broome, The Years Between and Mary Goes First. His other theatrical credits For Services Rendered (Jermyn Street Theater), Eastern Star (Tara Arts), The Fitzrovia Hour’s A Christmas Carol (Spiegeltent / The Vaults), Killjoy and Last Confessions of a Scallywag (Mill at Sonning), Our Brother David ( Watford Palace), Star Quality (Ian Fricker Productions), Entertaining Angels (Chichester Festival Theater / UK tour), The Real Thing, How the Other Half Loves, The Secret Rapture and Tom Jones (UK tours), All Things Considered (Stephen Joseph Theater / Hampstead Theater), Pravda, Funny Peculiar (Leeds Playhouse), Bedroom Farce (Plymouth Theater Royal), Who Killed Hilda Murrell? (New Vic, Newcastle under Lyme), Othello (Lyric Hammersmith), Macbeth (Nuffield Theater), You Never Can Tell and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Derby Playhouse), Twelfth Night (Redgrave Theater, Farnham), Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay !, One Man For All Seasons, Twelfth Night (Victoria Theater) and The School for Scandal (Northcott, Exeter). His television credits include Birds of a Feather, Jonathan Creek, William and Catherine: A Royal Romance, House of Anubis, Wire in the Blood, Crisis Command, Barbara, Pig Heart Boy, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Letters to Alice.

Jordan Mifsúd returns to The Orange Blossom to play Lieutenant Colbert – he has also previously starred in Shaw Shorts, Misalliance and The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd. His other theatrical achievements include Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe), Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park Open Air / UK tour), The Silver Tassie (National Theater), Our Ajax (Southwark Playhouse), In Your Image (Soho Theater) ), Moth (Bush Theater / HighTide), Thatcherwrite (Theater503), 55 Days (Hampstead Theater), Charlie F’s Two Worlds (Theater Royal Haymarket). His television credits include Whitstable Pearl, The Bay and The Looming Tower, and for film; Alone together, RISK, Kingsman: The Golden Circle and The Siege of Jadotville.

Paul Miller directs. As Artistic Director of The Orange Tree, he directed French Without Tears (also UK tour with ETT), Losing Venice, Humble Boy, Misalliance, The Philanderer, Widower’s Houses, Poison, The Lottery of Love, Sheppey, Each His Own Wilderness and Mrs. Holroyd’s Widowhood. He was previously Associate Director at Sheffield Theaters and has directed major productions at the National Theater, Royal Court, The Old Vic and the West End.


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