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Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner to star in West End revival of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

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Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner are to star in the West End revival of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.

The play begins previews at Trafalgar Studios on September 21 and runs until November 30, with press night on October 2.

Inspired by writer Peter Nichols’ experience of bringing up a disabled daughter in the 1960s, the comedy premiered in Glasgow in 1967 before transferring to the West End and Broadway.

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Stephens said: “I’m thrilled to be part of a revival of this fantastic play.

“Reading it for the first time, I couldn’t believe that it had been written in the late sixties; it felt so vivid, dark and anarchically funny. The play still feels very raw and relevant today.”

Skinner added: “I’m really looking forward to coming back to the West End with this complex, thought provoking and funny play and I’m also looking forward to working with Toby again after 18 years.”

Stephens and Skinner last appeared together in the BBC series Perfect Strangers in 2001.

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is directed by Simon Evans and produced by Howard Panter for Trafalgar Theatre Productions and Eilene Davidson Productions.

Further casting is to be announced.

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