of Gerald Moon's award-winning play Corpse! visits the Theatre Royal
in Bath at the end of August as part of a 15-date UK tour.
setting for this suspense-filled comedy is London in 1936 on the
day of Edward VIII's abdication.
rivalry is taken to the extreme when Evelyn (Mark McGann), a 'resting'
actor, employs the genial but shady Major Powell (Colin Baker) to
dispose of his identical twin (also played by Mark McGann) in order
to assume his identity and inherit his fortune.
Louise Jameson who plays Evelyn's boozy landlady, Mrs McGee, described
the play which opens on August 26th.
a comedy thriller, brilliantly written and it's full of twists and
turns at every page," she said. "When I was reading it
I was desperate to get to the end to find out what happens, it really
Jameson as she appeared in Eastenders.
is possibly most well-known for Eastenders, where she played Italian
di Marco for two and a half years.
has also enjoyed many other high profile television parts over the
years including a stint as one of Doctor Who's assistants and regular
appearances in TV favourites, Bergerac and Tenko.
role as Mrs McGee in Corpse! is quite a departure for her as she
play is set at the time of the abdication - the whole Mrs Simpson
scandal. My character happens to be obsessed with royalty and she's
a pissed theatrical landlady!
is quite a step away from my usual roles. I'm 51 now so I've got
to start moving into the character roles at some point. I only have
three scenes and each is a turn and she gets progressively drunker.
It's all terribly funny and its main challenge is that it's so far
away from what I usually do."
well as the new acting challenge the role of Mrs McGee will bring,
Louise is also especially looking forward to returning to the Theatre
said: "I think it's one of my favourite theatres ever, so quirky
and wonderful and steeped in history. The space is wonderful and
the acoustics are brilliant."
leaving Eastenders two years ago, Louise has almost exclusively
focussed on theatre work.
said: "The problem is that you can kiss goodbye to two years
TV work after appearing in a long-running series, but luckily theatre
work has flooded in."
di Marco, the part Louise played in Eastenders was one of a handful
of characters culled when a new producer took over the hit BBC soap.
was all to do with the change of producer as well as political reasons
I don't really comprehend," she said.
were the victims of the new producer but what annoyed me was they
told the press we were leaving before us. I found that a bit unfair.
However, I did feel quite liberated when I left. I'm very grateful
to the show - it revived a flagging career, but I'm glad to be away
from it now."
back at an earlier role, Louise walked out of the TARDIS over 25
years ago but is still very much involved with Doctor Who.
Who still haunts me!" she laughed. "But I am very happy
to be associated with it. I attend three or four conventions a year
and do a little bit of charity work. The fans are very, very loyal.
Colin Baker is in Corpse! as well so we'll get quite a few Whovians
at the stage door I suspect."
her time in the show, Louise played the savage primitive Leela and
was paired with possibly the most popular of the many Doctors -
wasn't always the easiest man in the world to work with, but he
is a very exciting and dedicated actor. When I see him at conventions
now we get on terribly well. He's brilliant with the fans, so witty
is where Louise is currently concentrating all her energies and
she summed up what audiences can expect from the production.
can certainly expect to be very impressed with the technical aspects
of the show, fooled and led up the garden path by the story and
ultimately have a jolly good laugh!"
runs at The Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 26th August - Saturday
start from £14.50 each and you can contact the Box Office
on 01225 448844.