This blog is for English actress, cakemaker and writer Jane Asher, with many pictures and accurate information of one of the most beautiful rock muses from the 20th century.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Stage special: 'The Gathered Leaves', 2015

Jane Asher starred in the 2015 production of the world premiere of Andre Keatley's The Gathered Leaves. Directed by Antony Eden, the show opened at Park Theatre on 16th July and runned until 15th August 2015. 

Clive Francis stars as patriarch William Pennington opposite Jane Asher as his wife Olivia. Nick Sampson, Alexander Hanson and Katie Scarfe star as their children, Samuel, Giles and Alice. The third generation is played by Amber James as Aurelia, Georgina Beedle as Emily and Tom Hanson as Simon.

The Pennington family have not been in the same room for over 17 years. But on the eve of William’s 75th birthday, all three generations gather with the aim of putting the past well and truly behind them... if only it were that simple... And to make matters worse, they are running out of time –or rather William is– as the world that he has always known is steadily beginning to crumble around him. The Gathered Leaves is a moving, poignant and funny family drama that sees the weight of family history, of reputation, and of expectation, all descend on one family over Easter weekend in 1997.

Photos 1 & 2) The Gathered Leavea facebook page.
Photos 3 & 4) Tristram Kenton for the Guardian. 
Photos 5 & 6) Alastair Muir for the Telegraph.
Photo 7) Evening Standard.
Photo 8) From the net. If it's yours, drop me a line and I'll give you full credit. thanks.
Photos 9 to 12) Alastair Muir/REX/Shutterstock.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Stage special: 'Summer', 1968

On July 10th Romain Weingarten's play Summer opened on July 10th 1968 at the Fortune Theatre in London.

May 31, 1968 - Jane researches Cats for her first starring role on the West End stage in Romain Weingarten's play "Summer". "It's a break from the classic roles and I'm nervous. But I can't wait to do it," said Jane who is the only girl in a cast of four. 

July 9th 1968, Summer press night. Jane Asher (as Lorette), Malcolm Patton as her simple-minded brother Simon and Brian Murphy as the cat Lord Garlic.

Summer is set in the garden of a big country house where a girl, Lorette, teaches her simple minded brother Simon the facts of life. The other two characters are cats, named Half Cherry and Lord Garlic, played by Bryan Pringle and Brian Murphy.

Photos 1, 5 & 9) Lady Jane group at yahoo.
Photos 2 & 3) Topfoto.co.uk
Photo 4) from the net. If it's yours, drop me a line and I'll give you full credit. Thanks.
Photos 6 & 7) Bentley Archive/Popperfoto/Getty Images.
Photo 8) Allaccess © JRC /The Hollywood Archive via belgaimage.be
Photos 10 to 13) Ebay auction listings.
Photos 14 to 16) Peter Elinskas / Associated Newspapers/REX/Shutterstock


Friday, 24 March 2017

Stage special: 'Treats', 1976

Treats is a 1975 play by Christopher Hampton about a love triangle. The play is set in 1974, London, in a single room in Ann's flat. There are three characters: Ann (Jane Asher), her former boyfriend Dave (James Bolam), and her lover Patrick (Stephen Moore). It opened at the Royal Court Theatre on February 5, 1976 and then moved to the May Fair Theatre on March 9, 1976.

Jane Asher (Ann), James Bolam (Dave), director Robert Kidd (from behind), and Stephen Moore (Patrick) in reheasal for "Treats" set to open February 5, 1976 at the Royal Court Theatre, London. 

Various scenes from the play.

Hampton's translation of Ibsen's A Doll's House was a huge success. He noted, however, that in the 1970s there were probably as many women trapped in unsatisfactory relationships with abusive men as in the 1870s, and that Ibsen's play was no longer provocative enough. Treats was an instant box office success at the Royal Court and in the West End.

Ann and Patrick are contentedly sitting at home one night, listening to music and talking, when Dave breaks in. His violent temper is clear from the beginning: He punches Patrick on the nose, then refuses to leave, even as Ann threatens to call the police. It soon turns out that Ann used Dave's work trip to Cyprus to break up with him as she had long been planning to do. Now a colleague from work —her new boyfriend, Patrick— moved in with her. Dave refuses to accept the situation and demands an explanation, bullying Ann, and being overly friendly with Patrick. Ann seems determined not to listen to him, particularly when the two men bond against her. Dave tells her she would be bored out of her mind by Patrick and asks her to marry him. She refuses. Dave, however, is crafty and clever enough to succeed: he wins her back and moves back in at the end, succeeding in making both of them miserable.

Photos from the "Treats" theatre programme. From Lady Jane yahoo group.

Stage special: 'Making it Better', 1992

1992 - Drawing of Jane Asher on the cover of the Criterion Theatre programme for her play, Making It Better in which she received top billing. It originally opened at the Hampstead Theatre on February 11, 1992 and later moved to the Criterion on October 21, 1992. 

Larry Lamb as Adrian Harrington, Jane Asher as Diana Harrington, David de Keyser as Josef Pavlicek and Rufus Sewell as Tomas Kratky on stage in different scenes from the James Saunders play Making It Better

It is 1989; Czechoslovakia is struggling with its new-found freedom. In London, Pavlicek and Tomas, two Czechoslovakian émigrés, become involved in the tangled relationship between Diana and Adrian Harrington, who purvey British culture across the globe via the World Service. Adrian has an affair with Tomas, Diana with Pavlicek and then with Tomas... Betrayals  of friends, lovers, countries and ideals  abound in this emotionally exacting and politically stringent comedy, in which nobody plays by the rules and nobody emerges blameless.

Pictures from From the Criterion Theatre programme. From Lady Jane group at yahoo.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Stage special: 'Bedroom Farce', 2009

Three couples, grumpily bedridden Nick (Tony Gardner) and his no-nonsense wife Jan (Lucy Briers), bouncy optimistic newlyweds Malcolm (Daniel Betts) and Kate (Finty Williams), and the mature and upper-middle-class couple Delia (Jane Asher) and Ernest (Nicholas Le Prevost) are linked by the fourth, edgily navel-gazing Trevor (Orlando Seale) and his partner Susannah (Rachel Pickup) in this comedy by Alan Ayckbourn

The show runned from October 2nd to November 28th 2009 at the Rose Theatre, Kingston.

Photos 1 to 4, 6 & 9) Donald Cooper/REX/Shutterstock.
Photo 5) The Guardian.
Photo 7) Express.
Photo 8) The Telegraph.
Photo 10) From the net. If it's yours, drop me a line and I'll give you full credit.
Photo 11) Delcampe.