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Anthony Trollope-inspired period drama comes to Salisbury Playhouse

22 August 2016

Following its highly-acclaimed run at London’s Park Theatre, the national tour of Lady Anna: All at Sea visits the Main House at Salisbury Playhouse from Monday 3 to Saturday 8 October.

Inspired by Anthony Trollope’s novel Lady Anna, written during his journey from Liverpool to Australia to visit his son, Lady Anna: All at Sea blends the stories of Trollope’s voyage and the novel itself.

Trollope was best-known for The Chronicles of Barsetshire, The Palliser novels and The Way We Live Now.

It's 1871, and celebrated novelist Anthony Trollope is Australia-bound aboard the steamship Great Britain. Accompanied by his wife Rose and her maid Isabella, Trollope passes the time by writing his latest tale, Lady Anna. The story, full of intrigue, rebellion and social politics, proves divisive among his fellow passengers – and it's not long before fact and fiction overlap in a dramatic and witty fashion. Is Trollope himself a surprising radical pitted against the status quo or are his characters to blame for the controversy?

This abundantly British business involves a disputed title, fraud, bigamy, a legal case, madness and even attempted murder. An extraordinary set of circumstances finds both Lady Anna and Trollope facing some very difficult questions indeed – but will they follow their hearts and risk being disgraced?

Anthony Trollope is played by Jonathan Keeble and Maggie O’Brien (Faith Healer at Salisbury Playhouse) plays his wife, Rose. Completing the cast are Edward Halsted, Rhiannon Handy, Simon Robinson, Adam Scott-Rowley and Julie Teal.

Lady Anna: All at Sea has been adapted for the stage by Craig Baxter and is directed by Colin Blumenau. The beautiful period drama is designed by Libby Watson (Persuasion and Guys and Dolls at Salisbury Playhouse) with lighting by Prema Mehta.

Lady Anna: All at Sea plays in the Main House at Salisbury Playhouse for one week only from Monday 3 to Saturday 8 October. For tickets or more information please contact the Ticket Office on 01722 320333 or visit the show page