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Ladies in Lavender

Ladies in Lavender

Shaun McKenna, Charles Dance, William J. Locke

Oberon Books


“It delivers perfect comic timing and hilarious lines.” –Northampton Chronicle & Echo

“There’s a magical feel to this show…This is a rather brilliant production.” –Daventry Express

An evocative, heart-warming story of unfulfilled dreams and unrequited love.

Based on the hit film screenplay by Charles Dance starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, and on the original short story by William J. Locke, Ladies In Lavender tells the tale of two sisters Ursula and Janet who live in a close-knit fishing village in picturesque Cornwall, in 1936. When a handsome and talented young Polish violinist bound for America is washed ashore, the Widdington sisters take him under their wing and nurse him back to health. However, the presence of the mysterious young man disrupts their peaceful lives and the community in which they live.


Shaun McKenna is a prolific and versatile playwright/lyricist, equally at home writing for stage or screen. His award-winning theatre and TV work includes both original projects and adaptations, ranging from the stage version of The Lord Of The Rings to such primetime ITV dramas as The Crooked Man, Like Father Like Son and Heartbeat. He has adapted three novels by thriller writer Peter James for the stage and there are plans for more. Shaun is a core writer for Home Front, the BBC’s epic First World War series and his many BBC radio adaptations include The Forsytes, Marnie and The Complete Smiley based on John Le Carré’s spy novels.


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