Soap star Kara Tointon hits the Theatre Royal Bath stage in classic Ayckbourn comedy
A new production of Alan Ayckbourn's hilarious comedy of misunderstandings, Relatively Speaking tours to the Theatre Royal Bath prior to the West End from Monday to Saturday, September 22 directed by Lindsay Posner and starring Felicity Kendal, Jonathan Coy and former soap star Kara Tointon.
For her stay in Bath Kara will have a famous tour guide, as fellow cast member and The Good Life actress Felicity Kendal has promised to show her the sights.
Tointon, who is best known for her role as Dawn Swann in EastEnders, plays Ginny.
Tointon said she was excited about visiting Bath.
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She said: "I have never been to Bath before but has always wanted to. I think it is one of the most beautiful cities in the UK.
"I used to work in Bristol, and went past Bath every day on the train.
"I always used to think 'I want to stop there', and now I can.
"I am looking forward to being in the city for a week, and Felicity has said she will show me around.
"She is excited about coming back to Bath, and we are both looking forward to performing to audiences at the Theatre Royal."
This is the second Ayckbourn play that Tointon has starred in, the first being Absent Friends in the West End earlier this year.
She said she is a big fan of his work: "Ayckbourn's writing is fantastic and people can relate to it.
"The two characters I have played have both been very different, which is a challenge I enjoy.
"I love comedy, so I am in my element with Relatively Speaking."
Relatively Speaking is a comedy about Greg, who only met Ginny a month ago but has already made up his mind that she is the girl for him.
When she tells him that she is going to visit her parents he decides this is the moment to ask her father for his daughter's hand in marriage.
Discovering a scribbled address he follows her to Buckinghamshire, where he finds Philip and Sheila enjoying breakfast in the garden – the only thing is they are not Ginny's parents.
Tointon, who was crowned the winner of Strictly Come Dancing in 2010, stars as Ginny, with Max Bennett as Greg.
Kendal, best known for her role as Barbara Good in The Good Life, returns to the Theatre Royal in the role of Shelia.
One of the UK's most popular actresses she has starred in many long-running series, including The Mistress, which was filmed in Bath, Rosemary and Thyme, and Indian Shakespeare Quest.
The cast is completed by Jonathan Coy, who plays the role of Philip.
Coy's television credits include Downtown Abbey, Doc Martin, The Old Curiosity Shop and Hornblower.
Tointon said: "I am enjoying working with such a fantastic cast.
"It makes all the difference, and we all get on so well."
Directed by Lindsay Posner, whose recent West End hits include Noises Off and Abigail's Party, this is the play which turned Ayckbourn into a household name when it first opened and comes to Bath prior to heading for London's West End.
One of the world's greatest living playwrights, Ayckbourn is the author of 76 plays, most of which were premiered at Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre.
More than half have been staged in the West End or the National Theatre, and have been performed across the world.
In 1997 Ayckbourn was knighted for services to the theatre and in 2010 he was presented with a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre in New York.
Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal online at www.theatre royal.org.uk or on 01225 448844.
All you have to do is answer the following question, put your answer on a postcard and send it with your name, address and telephone number to Theatre Royal Competition, The Bath Chronicle, Westpoint, James Street West, Bath BA1 2DA.
The first correct answer out of the hat on Monday will get the tickets.
The question is: Kara Tointon, is best known for her role as which EastEnder?