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From Dr Who to Mansfield Palace Theatre

Posted onPosted on 11th Feb

Soap star and former Doctor Who star Louise Jameson is directing a suspense-filled show at the Palace Theatre, Mansfield.

Crime and Comedy Theatre Company are presenting the psychological thriller Revenge – dubbed an ultimate game of cat and mouse – on Wednesday, 11th March.

Louise (EastEnders, Doctor Who, Bergerac) is directing the new stage production of Robin Hawdon’s show, which tells the story of Bill Crayshaw MP, who leads a charmed life.

He’s hailed in the corridors of Parliament, lauded in business, and loved at home. That is until he returns from a business trip to find his party agent has been killed.

Was it a terrible, tragic accident? Or, are the circumstances more sinister? Mary Stewart is determined to find out, and she seems prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to discover the truth. But what is her motive? Journalism, blackmail, seduction or… revenge?

Louise Jameson had a number of high-profile acting roles on television. In the 1970s, she starred as Leela, the companion of Tom Baker’s Doctor Who in the iconic BBC series. Later, she had a leading role as Blanche Simmons in the first two series of Tenko, before starring for five years in Bergerac as Susan Young, Jim Bergerac’s girlfriend. In the mid-1980s, she played Tania Braithwaite, Pandora’s mother, in both The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 and The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole for Thames Television.

Soap fans will recognise Louise as EastEnders’ Rosa DiMarco, a part she played in over 200 episodes.

Bill Crayshaw MP will be played by Jonathan McGarrity. Jonathan graduated from Arts Ed in 2015 and has since appeared in Coronation Street, Outlander, and toured with The Full Monty. Most recently, Jonathan played Bob Cratchit in Blixten & Co’s production of A Christmas Carol in Stockholm.

Kate Ashmead will play Mary Stewart. Following training at Birmingham School of Speech and Drama, Kate has performed a variety of roles on stage and screen. Theatre credits include Miss Prism in The Importance Of Being Earnest (tour, Palchetto Stage), Rita in Educating Rita (Regent Theatre), and Wait Until Dark (Mowlem Theatre).

On screen, Kate starred in the short film Intangible alongside Arthur Darville and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Revenge is produced by Martin Parsons for Crime and Comedy Theatre Company. Lighting design is by Claire Childs, fight direction is by Dan Styles, and set construction and props are by Snugglebean Ltd.

Ticket holders are invited to attend a pre-show talk at 6.15pm to interact with the visiting company, ask questions about the play and have the opportunity to meet some of the cast.

Contact the Box Office on 01623 633133 or in person or book online at