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|Mother Lipman Sits Pretty
- Maureen and daughter keep it in the family
MAUREEN LIPMAN is to star in Sitting Pretty, her daughter Amy Rosenthal's first full-length play. Having stepped in at the last minute to replace a sick actress in the recent New York premiere, Lipman has committed to a seven week tour of the English South Coast, starting at Southampton's Nuffield Theatre on September 6.
"The whole experience was like being kicked by a bison," says the ever-dramatic Lipman, who had just five days to learn the script, fly to New York and get clearance with American Equity. But she says her faith in the play was absolute, a conviction supported by the fine reviews the Chelsea theatre production of Sitting Pretty attracted in London last year.
Rosenthal's tale - of a middle-aged woman prompted by sudden redundancy to model for a life-drawing class and take control of her life - is one of redemption.
The message that growing older needn't mean giving up takes inspiration from Amy's father's plays (his heart-warming Eskimo Day looks at parents struggling to let go of their children and move on). Like his daughter, playwright Jack Rosenthal has coaxed his CBE-holding wife away from the limelight of West End hits like Peggy For You and The Vagina Monologues to perform his scripts.