Black Chiffon - Park Theatre

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The critically-acclaimed revival of Lesley Storm's Black Chiffon transfers from Frinton Summer Theatre to Park Theatre from 18 September 2019, starring Abigail Cruttenden.
Abigail Cruttenden in Black Chiffon at Park Theatre

Abigail Cruttenden - photo by Mark Douet

Lesley Storm's Black Chiffon, which ran in the West End for over 400 performances in the 1940s (at the Westminster Theatre), transfers from Frinton Summer Theatre to London's Park Theatre from 18 September to 12 October 2019.

Starring Abigail Cruttenden, this incendiary psychological study sees a respected woman driven to the edge by the stress and strain of her position.

Black Chiffon toured to Broadway after its successful West End run, where the role of Louis was played by Patricia Hicks - who is the grandmother of performer Jemima Watling, who plays the role in this production.

Jemima's theatrical family includes actor Giles Watling (now MP for Clacton) and film star Jack Watling, who also ran Frinton Summer Theatre, where this production debuted.

Abigail Cruttenden, whose credits include Chichester Festival Theatre, National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and many West End productions, alongside TV success in Lee Mack's comedy sitcom Not Going Out, plays Mrs Alicia Christie.

She is joined by Ian Kelly (Mr Foote's Other Leg, Theatre Royal Haymarket; The Pitmen Painters, National Theatre), Nicholas Murchie (Trial by Laughter, Watermill Theatre), Yvonne Newman (The Comedy of Errors, National Theatre), Jack Staddon (Harlots, ITV), Eva Feiler (Othello, RSC) and Jemima Watling.

Frinton Summer Theatre is the last remaining and longest surviving weekly repertory theatre in the UK.

Show listing information


Mrs Alicia Christie maintains a beautiful home, with a clever husband and devoted children.

This surely makes her an upstanding society woman ...

What would you do to protect your family? Would you lie?

Would you pretend to be a completely different person to the one everyone knows?

Would you forsake all your beliefs?

Would you go to jail?

One woman. One crime. One decision.


Alicia - Abigail Cruttenden

Robert - Ian Kelly

Dr Hawkins - Nicholas Murchie

Nannie - Yvonne Newman

Roy - Jack Staddon

Thea - Eva Feiler

Louise - Jemima Watling


Author: Lesley Storm
Composer: Music in the production is from David Darling's album 'Cello'
Director: Clive Brill
Set designer: Beth Colley
Costume designer: Neil Gordon
Production: Frinton Summer Theatre in association with Park Theatre


Park Theatre - Park 90
Clifton Terrace
Finsbury Park
N4 3JP


From: Wednesday 18 September 2019

Closed: Saturday 12 October 2019


Previews: £14.50

Standard: £18



Child (Under 16) £13


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