National Theatre debut to be streamed at Marine

THE brand-new political play ‘Hansard’, featuring Olivier award winners Alex Jennings (‘The Crown’ and ‘Lady in the Van’) and Lindsay Duncan (‘Birdman’ and ‘About Time’), will be streamed live from the Lyttleton stage in London to the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis.

Intertwining long-running marital spats and political turmoil, ‘Hansard’ is an authorial debut for Simon Woods.

Set on a 1988 summer’s morning, we find Tory politician Robin Hesketh returning home to the oh-so-idyllic Cotswolds home that he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. However, all is not as blissful as the cream Aga and matching mantlepiece would have you believe.

Diana has the mother of all hangovers, a fox is happily destroying the garden, and deeply buried secrets are being dragged up and thrown all over the place.

As the comforting day wanes, what had begun as familiar marital gentle ribbing quickly undergoes a dark metamorphosis into Robin and Diana’s personal blood-sport.

Simon Woods, known for his roles in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Cranford’, and now debuting as a playwright, presents a devastating and witty portrait of the governing class.

‘Hansard’, directed by Simon Godwin (National Theatre Live: ‘Antony and Cleopatra’, ‘Twelfth Night’), is part of the National Theatre Live’s 10th anniversary season.

It will be screened at the Marine Theatre on Thursday, November 7th, with the bar opening at 6pm for a 7pm start.

Tickets cost £11 in advance, £13.50 on the door or £5 for under 18s. To book, call 01297 442138 or visit

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