Oh Sienna! Famed actress to light-up Rattigan's Flare Path during spring 2011 Haymarket residency

Posted: 3rd February 2011

Sir Terence Rattigan's wartime drama "Flare Path" has previously been adapted for a film, "The Way to the Stars", originally made in 1945. Back then it starred Michael Redgrave, John Mills and Rosamund John and this year's new stage remake will also feature big names.

Sienna Miller and Sheridan Smith will head-up a new London production, set to begin at the Haymarket Theatre on 4th March and continue until 4th June. Tickets have just gone on sale for all performances and are priced between £18 and £51.

Miller has appeared in several films since her debut in 2001 (in the rom-com South Kensington), including Layer Cake, Alfie and Stardust, although stage-work hasn't featured heavily in her career before. On the other hand, Sheridan Smith has been a regular face in the West End after appearing in Legally Blonde and Little Shop Of Horrors. Co-star James Purefoy is the real heavyweight here though - RSC productions, the TV series Rome, as well as roles in A Knight's Tale, Resident Evil and Vanity Fair.

All three will feature in Trevor Nunn's version of Rattigan's engaging tale about three people affected by war, in particular Miller's character Patricia, a woman torn between two men in her life during a bombing campaign.

Paul Pledger