A Tony Award-nominee’s take on Brideshead Revisited set in the Second World War promises to be both dark and funny.

Evelyn Waugh’s timeless novel, which was first published in 1945, gets its first large-scale stage adaptation courtesy of Bryony Lavery and will come to Richmond Theatre from June 29 to July 2.

 Actress Caroline Harker, best known for her roles in A Touch of Frost and Middlemarch, said despite the show’s historic setting it is ‘very relevant today’.

She said: “It’s about war, religion and alcoholism, which is a present subject, as it’s happening now.”

Lavery’s reimagining of the novel blurs the past and present and introduces new characters throughout, with a cast of nine assuming 30 characters.

Harker plays both Lady Marchmain and Nanny.

“There are so many interesting characters that if you get bored of one character, you can watch the actor change into a different character and re-create themselves,” she joked.

She added: “It is stylistically interesting, funny, fast moving, thought-provoking and character rich. You’ll come away thinking.”

Brideshead Revisited is at Richmond Theatre from June 29 to July 2. Tickets cost from £16.90. Go to atgtickets.com/Richmond

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