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Hayley Mills, Belinda Lang and Robert Duncan in Ladies In Lavender.
Hayley Mills, Belinda Lang and Robert Duncan in Ladies In Lavender.
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Hayley Mills and Belinda Lang will appear in a world premiere touring production of Ladies In Lavender, at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal on from June 18-23.

Based on the film written and directed by Charles Dance, this evocative, heart-warming story of unfulfilled dreams and unrequited love is adapted for the stage by Shaun McKenna.

Based on the original short story by William J Locke, Ladies in Lavender tells the tale of two sisters, Ursula and Janet, who live in a close-knit fishing village in picturesque Cornwall, in 1937.

When a handsome and talented young Polish-Jewish violinist bound for America is washed ashore, the Widdington sisters take him under their wing and nurse him back to health. However, the presence of the mysterious young man disrupts their peaceful lives and the community in which they live.

The production features the exquisite music from the film composed by Nigel Hess, for which he won a classical Brit award.

The production also stars Robert Duncan, well known as the jargon-spouting Gus in the award-winning Drop The Dead Donkey.

He is joined by Carol Macready, nominated as Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mrs Clegg in Enjoy on tour and in the West End, and Abigail Thaw, who most recently played a newspaper editor in the ITV Christmas special Endeavour, a prequel to Inspector Morse. Robert Rees plays the young violinist.

Ladies in Lavender is directed by Robin Lefevre and designed by Liz Ascroft with lighting by Mick Hughes and sound by John Leonard.

It is presented on tour by Daniel Schumann and Lee Dean in association with Charles Diamond and the Royal and Derngate, Northampton.

Tickets to see it at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham cost £14-£27.50, (plus concessions) available from the box office on 0115 989 5555.