A stage adaptation of Sarah Waters’ evocative novel ‘The Night Watch’ will have its world premiere at the Royal Exchange Theatre next month (May).
The novel, which paints a captivating picture of a damaged, post-war Britain, has been adapted for the stage by Olivier-nominated writer Hattie Naylor and will be directed by Rebecca Gatward of the critically acclaimed, Maxine-Peake-starring ‘Beryl’.
Set in late 1940s London, the story follows five ordinary people whose lives intertwine as they try to recover from the chaos of world war.
Following her performance in ‘Hamlet’, Jodie McNee returns to the Royal Exchange to take on the role of Kay – a fractured, lost woman who wanders the streets in search of purpose.
Meanwhile, in a quiet dating agency, Helen and Viv unpick the details of other people’s love-lives, unable to speak of their own. Duncan, Viv’s fragile brother, finds solace in the mundane routine of factory life and Julia’s strength is a façade she cannot let slip.
The production promises to be theatrically inventive and emotionally gripping as it examines the passions, desires and regrets which bound people together during wartime.
Sarah Waters’ is a multi-award winning writer whose erotic 1998 novel ‘Tipping The Velvet’ was adapted for television by the BBC.
‘The Night Watch’ runs from Thursday 19 May to Saturday 18 June.