For Services Rendered - Memories Season

Thursday 25 July 2019

Casting - Shows

Diane Fletcher and Rachel Pickup will lead the cast in Tom Littler's production of Somerset Maugham's 'For Services Rendered', the opening play in Jermyn Street Theatre's Memories Season.
For Services Rendered at Jermyn Street Theatre

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Jermyn Street Theatre's Memories Season is scheduled to run from September 2019 to January 2020.

Kicking-off the season will be a revival of Somerset Maugham's For Services Rendered, directed by the theatre's artistic director, Tom Littler.

Following on will be the world premiere of Ice Cream Boys by Gail Louw (9th October - 2nd November), Artistic Director Tom Littler's production of Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well (6th November to 30th November) and the London premiere of the acclaimed Watermill Theatre's production of One Million Plays About Britain by Craig Taylor (2nd December to 11th January).

Diane Fletcher and Rachel Pickup, will lead the cast of For Services Rendered, Somerset Maugham's sharply observed 1932 Chekhovian masterpiece.

This is the play's first London revival since it was seen at the Old Vic in 1993, and the National Theatre in 1979.

Throughout the run of For Services Rendered the usual front row of Jermyn Street Theatre will be transformed into cushioned garden benches that surround the stage.

For just £15 audience members will be right at the forefront of the action, immersed into the world of the 1930's and receive a complimentary beverage.

Further information about the production of For Services Rendered is given below.


Diane Fletcher, who plays Charlotte Ardsley, is best known for creating the role of Elizabeth Urquhart opposite Ian Richardson in the BBC series House of Cards.

Her career includes leading roles at The National Theatre, The RSC, The Royal Court and on the West End stage as well as numerous television and film appearances.

Ms Fletcher is joined by ...

Richard Derrington (Mrs Warren's Profession - Cheltenham Everyman, Spanish Wives - The Bridge Company) as Leonard Ardsley

Michael Lumsden (Alistair Lloyd - The Archers - BBC Radio 4, While The Sun Shines - The Orange Tree) as Wilfred Cedar

Richard Keightley (Of Mice and Men - national tour, Twelfth Night - National Theatre) as Sydney

Rachel Pickup (The Merchant of Venice - Shakespeare's Globe and World tour, 39 Steps - Criterion Theatre) as Eva

Sally Cheng (Shadowlands - Chichester Festival Theatre, Macbeth - Watermill Theatre) as Lois

Leah Whitaker (Alligators - Hampstead Theatre, Love's Labour's Lost - RSC, Chichester Festival Theatre, West End) as Ethel Bartlett

Burt Caesar (King Lear - Shakespeare's Globe, The Plague - Arcola Theatre) as Howard Bartlett

Jotham Annan (The Fairy Queen - Glyndebourne, The Bacchae - Manchester Royal Exchange) as Wilfred Cedar

Viss Elliott Safavi (The Taming of The Shrew - Shakespeare's Globe, The Gift (Criterion Theatre) as Gwen

Jim Findley (Our Town - Regents Park Open Air Theatre, The Lady From The Sea - Donmar Warehouse) as Dr Prentice

and recent LAMDA graduate Aoife Kennan as Gertrude.

The casting announcement comes at the same time as the appointment of Cat Robey as Jermyn Street Theatre's Carne Deputy Director.

Ms Robey, who has wide directorial and production experience, trained on the Birkbeck directors' course, spending a year on attachment at the pioneering venue Home in Manchester.

She will begin her year-long appointment by working as Associate Director on For Services Rendered.

About the theatre

Jermyn Street Theatre is an art-house theatre in the heart of London's West End.

The 70-seat studio opened in 1994, and has since won numerous awards and transferred many productions to the West End and Broadway.

In summer 2017 Tom Littler became Artistic Director and relaunched the venue as a producing house.

Since then it has forged partnerships with theatres in New York, Munich, Frankfurt, Newbury, York, Guildford, Oxford, Cumbria and York, producing over fifteen world premieres alongside several rediscoveries.

Jermyn Street Theatre is a signatory to the Equity Fringe Agreement and committed to equal gender representation.

In its first two years as a producing house, over 53% of actors and 60% of production teams have been female.


Part of The Memories Season.

A warm September afternoon in an idyllic English village.

Tea is served on the terrace.

Sounds of a tennis party float across the lawn.

But this England has no place for the heroes of the First World War.

No jobs to sustain them, no mantelpieces for their medals, and no money for their debts.

Against the odds, three sisters must carve new paths in an uncertain world.

This is the first major London revival of Somerset Maugham's masterpiece since it was seen at the Old Vic in 1993, and the National Theatre in 1979.


(actor - character)

Diane Fletcher - Charlotte Ardsley

Rachel Pickup - Eva

Richard Derrington - Leonard Ardsley

Michael Lumsden - Wilfred Cedar

Richard Keightley - Sydney

Sally Cheng - Lois

Leah Whitaker - Ethel Bartlett

Burt Caesar - Howard Bartlett

Jotham Annan - Wilfred Cedar

Viss Elliott Safavi - Gwen

Jim Findley - Dr Prentice

Aoife Kennan - Gertrude


Author: Somerset Maugham
Director: Tom Littler
Set designer: Louie Whitemore
Costume designer: Emily Stuart
Lighting: Ali Hunter
Sound: Yvonne Gilbert


Jermyn Street Theatre
16b Jermyn Street


From: Wednesday 4 September 2019

Closes: Saturday 5 October 2019


Previews: £15

Standard: £30


100 tickets at £10 are available for under-30s.

Concessions Available to over-60s, theatre unions, unwaged, access, students. £20.

Note that after Saturday 21 September all tickets are full price.

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