Acclaimed actor Stephanie Cole has joined the cast of a new play about the NHS. This May Hurt A Bit by Stella Feehily is set for a UK tour from 6th March.
Exploring the UK’s best-loved and most fiercely debated institution, the production will star Stephanie Cole as Iris – a witty, feisty and independent elderly woman whose socialist values were forged in a kinder age. An unswerving champion of the NHS, she finds herself unexpectedly in its care.
Further casting includes brother and sister, Jane Wymark as Mariel/The NHS and Tristram Wymark as Winston Churchill/Mr Weaver, both best known for their roles on the ITV drama Midsomer Murders. Joining them will be Brian Protheroe, Frances Ashman and Natalie Klamar.
The production is directed by Out of Joint Artistic Director Max Stafford-Clark, whose experience of a major stroke in 2006, plus years of subsequent treatment, prompted playwright Stella Feehily (Max’s wife) to research and write the play. It explores one family’s journey through the digestive system of the NHS, and asks: what is the prognosis?
Stephanie Cole is best known her television work, including the recent Christmas special Still Open All Hours, Coronation Street, Waiting For God and Tenko.
Thursday 06 – Saturday 15 March
Box Office: 0128 476 9505
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
Tuesday 25 March – Saturday 05 April
Box Office: 0120 452 0661
Octagon Theatre, Bolton
Tuesday 08 – Saturday 12 April
Box Office: 0131 228 1404
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Tuesday 15 – Saturday 19 April
Box Office: 0124 257 2573
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 April
Box Office: 0186 530 5305
Tuesday 29 April – Saturday 3 May
Box Office: 0117 987 7877
Bristol Old Vic
Wednesday 7 – Saturday 10 May
Box Office: 0151 709 4776
Wednesday 14 May – Saturday 21 June 2014
Venue: St. James Theatre, London, SW1E 5JA
Times: 7.30pm (Monday to Saturday) 2.30pm (Thursday and Saturday).
Prices: £34, £23, £14, £5
Box Office: 0844 264 2140