April De Angelis
April De Angelis

2024 Finalist

The Divine Mrs S

Synopsis: Sarah Siddons, the leading actress of the eighteenth century theatre and the first celebrity had to manage her image scrupulously by hiding her ambition and playing only tragedy and wounded mothers. As the artist in her demands more she threatens to destabilise the fragile balance she has maintained over her public and her image.

Cast Breakdown: 2M 4W

Set/Costume Requirements: Eighteenth century costume and backstage of a theatre.

Agent: Mel Kenyon, Casarotto Ramsay

Bio: April De Angelis is an acclaimed writer whose extensive theatre work includes: INFAMOUS (Jermyn Street Theatre); KERRY JACKSON (National Theatre); SAVING GRACE (Riverside Studios); GIN CRAZE! (Royal & Derngate Theatre); MY BRILLIANT FRIEND, a two part dramatization of Elena Ferrantes’ epic family saga (Rose Theatre Kingston, National Theatre); THE VILLAGE (Theatre Royal Stratford East, 2018); FRANKENSTEIN (Royal Exchange Manchester, 2018 GASTRONAUTS (Royal Court Upstairs, 2013); JUMPY (Royal Court 2011 & Duke of York’s Theatre 2012, Melbourne and Sydney 2015); an adaptation of WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Birmingham Rep, 2008); WILD EAST (Royal Court 2006, Young Vic 2019); A LAUGHING MATTER (Out of Joint at National Theatre, 2001); A WARWICKSHIRE TESTIMONY (RSC, 1999); THE POSITIVE HOUR (Out of Joint at Hampstead Theatre, 1997); PLAYHOUSE CREATURES (Old Vic Theatre, 1993; revived at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2013); THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FANNY HILL (The Old Fire Station Oxford, 1991; revived at the Bristol Old Vic, 2015) and FLIGHT (Glyndebourne Opera, 1997).