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New show opens this week!

Updated: Jun 12

The Downsview Players in Upper Norwood, SE19, is excited to present Leading Ladies this June 13, 14 and 15 - a comedy by Ken Ludwig.

It is York, Pennsylvania, in the 1950s. A wealthy old lady is rumoured to be close to death, and

her inheritance is up for grabs. Two impoverished actors decide to pass themselves off as her

missing relatives, Max and Steve. A flawless plan…until it transpires that Max and Steve are the

nieces, not the nephews of the old lady! Much cross-dressing, devilish deception and unlikely

romance ensues. Cue untimely entrances, lightning costume changes and rapid exits in this very

funny romp.

With a touch of Some Like it Hot, a dash of Twelfth Night, a sprinkling of Carry On… and a nod to

Charley’s Aunt, this is an old-fashioned farce written for a 21st-century audience.

Players' newbie Michael Powell-Davies with Amanda Perry in Leading Ladies

Plus, the Players have got several new members cast in this high-energy production. Players' newbie Michael Powell-Davies said: "I felt so immediately welcomed into the Downsview Players. It's been such a joy to find this local, creative community, and Tuesday nights have provided much-needed breaks from the working week!"

Kate Lee plays Meg in Leading Ladies.

Kate Lee - who also joined the Players in the new year - takes on the lead role of Meg. She said: "My favourite thing about Meg is how much she changes over the course of the play. She starts out very timid and shy and really grows into herself as time goes on."

She added: "I think audiences will love trying to work out how on Earth the characters of Leo and Jack are getting in and out of costume so quickly!"

Director Anne Bassi said: "Having been obsessed with Marilyn Monroe from my early twenties, I instantly recognised the similarities between this play and Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot: two men masquerading as women, a millionaire and, of course, that famous tango scene. 

L-R: Players Steve Atkins (Duncan), Amanda Perry (Florence), Jon Horrocks (Doc), Dan Carr (Jack/Steve), Ceri Williams (Audrey), Steve Canning (Butch).

"We have some incredible new talent that we have welcomed into the fold this year and have made all of our lives richer for doing so. To all our new Players – Michael, Kate, Dez and Jon – welcome to our Downsview family."

Tickets are on sale now at and you can see more behind-the-scenes interviews with the case on Facebook.

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