- Published: 28 January 2013
Actress and singer Samantha Womack is to join her actor husband Mark Womack for the world premiere of Hope, which opens at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre in March. It will be the first time ever the couple have acted together on stage, although they have previously appeared together on television, in the hit ITV police drama, ‘Liverpool 1’. BUY TICKETS
Samantha Womack joins the previously announced cast members of ‘Hope,’ which as well as husband Mark, also stars television and film actor René Zagger and the play’s writer and director, Scot Williams.
‘Hope’ is a darkly comical love story wrapped within an intriguing psychological thriller, with (Samantha) Womack’s mysterious title character, Hope, being the keeper of a secret at the heart of the story. Norm is an aspiring author suffering from chronic writers block. Guy is his meddling room mate and constant thorn in his side. Hope is their foxy lodger who teases them with a secret. And Victor is the slippery snake who slithers his way into their World. Set in Blundell Sands Liverpool, Hope is a darkly comical love story about a normal Guy who just wants to win Hope and be the Victor.
Samantha Womack has a long list of television and stage credits, most recently playing Nellie Forbush in the 2011 West End revival of the hit musical, ‘South Pacific’, which also toured nationally until 2012. From 2007 to 2011, she played Ronnie Mitchell in BBC1’s ‘EastEnders’. Her early career began as a singer before taking on the role of Mandy Wilkins in the hit BBC2 comedy, ‘Game On’.
Samantha Womack said: “Hope is a beautifully written play with four powerful characters that are as funny as they are disturbing, who come together in a story that will grip the audience from start to finish.”
She added: “It’s wonderful to be acting opposite Mark on stage for the first time, not just because he is my husband, which adds an extra edge, but also because it’s his and Scot’s birth city and Liverpool always feels like home to me.”
A special benefit performance of ‘Hope’ will take place on 11 March, 2013, with all proceeds being donated to five deserving causes in Liverpool. The beneficiaries will be: 1) The Hillsborough families ongoing fight for justice and their ongoing legal costs; 2) Claire House; 3) The Meningitis Trust; 4) Alder Hey Children’s Hospital; 5) C.A.L.M (Campaign Against Living Miserably).
Tickets are expected to sell quickly for the strictly limited Liverpool run from 6 to 30 March, 2013. Contact the Royal Court Box Office on: 0870 787 1866 or check online at: www.royalcourtliverpool.co.uk