The plot centres on WW1 hero Maurice Tabret (Jamie de Courcey) who is left disabled after a flying accident and lovingly tended to by his mother (Margot Leicester), his beautiful wife Stella (Beatriz Romilly), and the devoted Nurse Wayland (Sarah Churm). When he dies unexpectedly the doctor cites natural causes, but his nurse points the finger of suspicion at his wife.
Sarah Churm’s theatre credits include The Ashes (Nottingham Playhouse); Touched (Salisbury Playhouse); Tracy Beaker Gets Real! (Nottingham Playhouse and National Tour). She may also be recognizable from TV series At Home with the Braithwaites
Jamie de Courcey’s theatre credits include The Ashes (Nottingham Playhouse); Sold (Theatre503); Doctor Faustus and 1984 (Royal Exchange). He has just completed filming Rush with Academy Award winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon).
Margot Leicester’s extensive theatre credits include Habeas Corpus, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Bolton Octagon); Knot of the Heart (Almeida); The Enemies Within, All My Sons, Ghosts (Bolton Octagon); A Conversation (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Coriolanus (Globe) and The Gospels (National Theatre Studio).
David Ricardo Pearce has appeared in The Rover (Hampton Court Palace); Alfie Bolton (Bolton Octagon & Stephen Joseph Theatre); and The Big Fellah (Gaiety Theatre, Dublin & Lyric Hammersmith)
Beatriz Romilly’s theatre credits include The Rover (Hampton Court Palace); The God of Soho, Doctor Faustus (Globe); The Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain (English Touring Theatre).
Others in the cast are Al Nedjari (Dr Harvester). Al, best known for playing Samir Rachid in Coronation Street, was also an actor-puppeteer in War Horse at the National Theatre/West End. His other theatre credits include Crow (Borough Hall at Greenwich Dance); The Flint Street Nativity (Hull Truck); Slave: A Question of Freedom (Riverside Studios); Beasts & Beauties (Hampstead Theatre) and Nation (National Theatre). Katrina Innes’s (Alice) theatre credits include Lady M (Glasgow Tron); A Christmas Carol (Greenwich Playhouse) and Single Sex, Galka Motalka, 1984 (The Royal Exchange, Manchester); Robert Demeger (Major Liconda) was in both the West End and national touring casts of Woman in Black and 3 Days in May. Other theatre credits include Twelfth Night and The Elephant Man (Contact Theatre, Manchester - Manchester Evening News Best Actor Award); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Wolsey, Ipswich). He also recently played Ben Whishaw’s father in TV series The Hour.
W. Somerset Maugham’s many works include the celebrated plays The Circle, The Letter and The Constant Wife, the novels Of Human Bondage, and The Razor's Edge, and film adaptations including Rain and The Painted Veil. Directed by Matthew Dunster (Mogadishu Royal Exchange, Manchester; Love The Sinner, National Theatre & Doctor Faustus, Shakespeare’s Globe), design is by Anna Fleischle, lighting by Lee Curran and sound by Emma Laxton.