How to teach girls and change lives

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A PROFOUND stage play portraying a stylish and realistic account of the way powerful individuals influence the lives of others comes to Rugby Theatre.

She was a schoolmistress with a difference. 

Proud, cultured, romantic, her ideas were progressive, even shocking. And when she decided to transform a group of young girls under her tutelage at Marcia Blaine School, no one could have predicted the outcome.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie comes to the Rugby Theatre stage from this Saturday until Saturday, April 16.  

Rehearsals for the show have not been without their problems as Michael Barker, who was cast as Teddy Lloyd the art master and Jean Brodie’s lover, had to drop out of the show due to illness.

Director Helen Dulcamara said: “We were so disappointed to lose as experienced an actor as Michael.

“But we are very pleased that Tom Browning has stepped in to the role, only three weeks before opening night.

“He is another experienced Rugby Theatre actor.

The cast for this strong, dramatic, often funny and tragic play is a mixture of experienced actors and newcomers.

Aleshia Aires, who plays the part of Sandy, has appeared on the Rugby Theatre stage in panto and musicals. She said: “This is my first role in a straight play and it has been a real challenge, but the cast and the director have been wonderful in helping me to find the character of this very complex girl.”

Tackling the role of Jean Brodie is Ruth MacCallum. 

Helen said: “She has created a mesmerising Jean Brodie.”

For tickets call the theatre box office on (01788) 541234.