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THIS STORY PUBLISHED:
15 June 2004 1153 BST
Lesley Joseph cooks up a treat in Bath
Lesley Joseph and Jonathan Guy Lewis (image courtesy: Nobby Clark)
Lesley Joseph and Jonathan Guy Lewis star in The Gingerbread Lady

Lesley Joseph takes centre stage in The Gingerbread Lady at the Theatre Royal Bath.

The Birds of a Feather star plays recovering alcoholic Evelyn Meara in this Neil Simon comedy.

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When Evelyn Meara was a night club singer she broke the house record in Pittsburgh... she fell off her seat 17 times in one show.

The play follows Evelyn's journey on her road to a new life after a 10-week stay in rehab.

With the help of her anxious daughter, Polly, and two best friends, she faces life's challenges with laughter and tears.

Recipe for a classic play

The Gingerbread Lady is written by Neil Simon. Upbeat and funny, it's strong storyline becomes quite dark in some places, unlike much of his work.

Neil Simon is the author of such modern day classics as Barefoot in the Park, Brighton Beach Memoirs and The Odd Couple.

Lesley Joseph and Jonathan Guy Lewis (image courtesy: Nobby Clark)
Lesley Joseph and Jonathan Guy Lewis

Many of his plays have been made into feature films.

Barefoot in the Park starred Robert Redford and Jane Fonda on the big screen.

His film script for The Odd Couple, which starred Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, was nominated for an Oscar.

A treat of a cast

Lesley Joseph is one of Britain's most popular actresses. She is perhaps best known for her role as Dorien in the TV show Birds of a Feather.

She has also recently appeared in Night and Day as school teacher Rachel Gulperin.

Lesley has a massive list of stage credits to her name too including The Vagina Monologues and Miss Hannigan in Annie.

The Gingerbread Lady also stars Jonathan Guy Lewis, Miranda Foster, Sinead Keenan, Bernat Molina and Vincent Patrick.

>>> The Gingerbread Lady appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 21 June to Saturday 26 June

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