Alys, Always, the new adaptation of the Harriet Lane novel from playwright Lucinda Cox, opened March 5 at The Bridge Theatre in London after beginning performances on February 25. The play, starring Joanne Froggatt and Robert Glenister and directed by Nicholas Hytner (Miss Saigon, The History Boys), is scheduled to run through March 30.
According to production notes, Alys, Always concerns Frances, who “works on the books pages of a Sunday newspaper. She’s quiet and capable, but nobody takes much notice: her face is pressed to the window, on the outside, looking in. One evening, driving back to London after visiting her infuriating parents, she comes across an upturned car crumpled on the side of the road. She waits with the injured driver, Alys Kyte, until the ambulance arrives. Later, when Alys’s famous family gets in touch, Frances finds herself for the first time ushered into the world on the other side of the window. And she begins to wonder: what would it take to become a player?”
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