Re-igniting romance in Godber’s ‘April in Paris’

Shobna Gulati and Joe McGann in 'April in Paris'. (Picture: Robert Day).
Shobna Gulati and Joe McGann in 'April in Paris'. (Picture: Robert Day).

Shobna Gulati and Joe McGann star in John Godber’s Olivier-nominated masterpiece ‘April in Paris’ at Dundee Rep Theatre from Tuesday, September 30 until October 4.

Shobna (‘Coronation Street’, ‘Dinnerladies’) and Joe McGann (‘Calendar Girls’,’The Upper Hand’) will perform Godber’s bittersweet comedy at Dundee Rep Theatre as part of a 16-week UK tour.

Al and Bet’s 20-year marriage has gone stale. Al recently lost his job, while Bet works in a shoe shop and can only dream of a better life.

But things are about to change. When Bet wins a romantic night in Paris, the city of love, Al wonders who she’ll take with her.

Resigned to taking her husband, Paris actually re-ignites their relationship as never before, but the reality of returning home looms large.

Written in 1992 this two-hander is a hilarious romantic adventure, featuring John Godber’s unique brand of observational comedy and was nominated for Comedy of the Year in the Olivier Awards.

Shobna Gulati is best known for playing Anita in Victoria Wood’s ‘Dinnerladies’ and Sunita Alahan in ‘Coronation Street’ from 2001 to 2006, a role to which she returned at the end of 2009 and departed again in 2013.

Since then she has been a panellist on ‘Loose Women’.

Joe McGann became a household name as Charlie Burrows, the “housekeeper” in the hit TV comedy series ‘The Upper Hand’ which ran for six years.

His major stage roles include Nathan Detroit in ‘Guys and Dolls’, Tevye in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and Ray Say in ‘The Rise and Fall of Little Voice’.

John Godber is the third most performed playwright in the UK, after William Shakespeare and Alan Ayckbourn. His plays are performed across the world with ‘Bouncers’ being the most popular.

Ticket details fromthe box office on 01382 223530 or www.dundeerep.co.uk