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Secrets and regrets - a family revealed

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 02, 2014

By Gail Atkinson

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A FESTIVE and heart-warming play will be staged at the Lichfield Garrick featuring an all-star cast.

The Holly and the Ivy, presented by Middle Ground Theatre Company, stars Stuart McGugan from It Ain't Half Hot Mum in the lead role.

Set in a Norfolk vicarage on Christmas Eve 1947, the vicar's family gathers for the festive season. Peace and goodwill radiates from the warm-hearted elderly vicar, cared for by his young daughter. But with the arrival of two irritable aunts and an errant daughter the emotional veneer is skilfully peeled away.

As skeletons tumble from closets and stones are turned over, family members are forced to confront their regrets and secret anxieties. Even the lovable vicar is not immune to the stresses and strains of a normal family life.

This festive production has received the theatre critic's choice in both The Guardian and The Times.

The Holly and the Ivy is playing at the Lichfield Garrick from Tuesday, January 14, to Saturday, January 18 at 7.30pm with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Tickets cost from £15 to £23.50 and can be booked online at www.lichfieldgarrick.com or by calling the box office on 01543 412121.

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