A ROOM WITH A VIEW - Based on the novel by E M Forster
English rose Lucy Honeychurch is touring Italy with her prim spinster cousin, Charlotte Bartlett, as chaperone. Charlotte is quick to step in when Lucy makes the mistake of fraternising with the lower-class Mr Emerson and his son George at their Florentine pensione. However, when she witnesses Lucy and George actually kissing, she has no option but to whisk Lucy away to Rome. Back home at the family’s Surrey estate Lucy becomes engaged to the eminently suitable (but priggish and pretentious) Cecil Vyse. Charlotte has sworn Lucy to secrecy over the kiss with George, but will Lucy be able to repress her feelings when she discovers that the Emersons have taken a house in the village?
With its cast of vivid characters, this elegant comedy written in 1908, is widely recognised as one of the finest novels of the twentieth century. The award-winning Merchant Ivory film adaptation in 1985 was voted number nine in The Guardian's list of the best romantic fillms of all time.
Felicity Kendal played charlotte Bartlett. One of the UK's most popular actresses, she shot to fame in The Good Life and has won numerous awards for her stage work. Recent credits include Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking (Wyndham's) and Noel Coward’s Hay Fever (Duke of Yorks).
The recipient of more than 20 Olivier Award nominations, Adrian Noble was the Artistic Director of the RSC from 1990-2003. He recently directed Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Tempest for Theatre Royal Bath Productions and The Importance of Being Earnest which starred David Suchet.
A former Literary Manager at the RSC, Simon Reade's adaptations include Pride and Prejudice, Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children and Michael Morpurgo's Private Peaceful.