With ageing female television presenters being quietly sidelined and older actresses doing all they can to avoid age's inexorable attrition, there's every encouragement for women in their later middle years, or older, to go quietly.
Thankfully, an increasing number are refusing to take 'no' for an answer and the story of Jane Juska, an American author and retired English schoolteacher, is a great example of empowerment at any age. Juska's first book, 'A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance', told the remarkable story of how the author, when 66 years old, placed an ad in the New York Review of Books seeking a new sexual partner.
"Before I turn 67 - next March - I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like. If you want to talk first, Trollope works for me". Blunt and to the point, Juska's ad attracted 63 replies from men aged 32 to 84, and A Round-Heeled Woman is the story of the adventures and encounters which resulted. The stage adaptation by British playwright Jane Prowse tells Jane Juska's story, complete with laughs, heartbreak, rejection and her first orgasm for thirty years.
Sharon Gless, herself a highly successful stage and TV actor of 68 years, plays the lead role in Prowse's play when it opens in the West End later this month. A Round-Heeled Woman had its global premiere in San Francisco in 2010, followed by a run in Miami earlier this year. The work had its European debut at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith on 18th October.
The show transfers from the Riverside Studios to the West End on 25th November, playing at the Aldwych Theatre until 14th January 2012 (taking place of Cool Hand Luke which plays its last cool hand on Saturday 19th November).
We have tickets available now for all West End dates, priced £36 to £46.