An Eligible Man

Posted on: 08 May 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

The world premiere of Rosemary Friedman's play is at the New End Theatre, Hampstead, starring Graham Seed and Patricia Potter.

Rosemary Friedman's An Eligible Man is being performed at the award-winning New End Theatre, Hampstead, for an exclusive six week run from Wednesday 30th April until Sunday 8th June 2008, directed by Ninon Jerome.

This is a unique opportunity to experience the work of one of the UK's most prolific writers in a compelling comedy of grief presented at one of London's leading off-West End theatres.

In An Eligible Man the charismatic His Honour Judge Christopher Osgood is left totally unprepared and unable to cope on his own after his wife dies. Desperately lonely, he is bewildered by the practicalities and demands of everyday life. His neighbour and chess opponent Dr Marcus Gordon does his best to cheer up his friend and advises him on how to manage his grief.

As time passes Osgood is surprised to find that as an attractive and eligible widower of mature years he is much in demand.

In a contemporary 'Judgement of Paris', Osgood has to choose between three very different women whose combined qualities were all present in his late wife. Sexy and warm-hearted Lucille seduces him; understanding and affectionate Sally offers companionship, and glamorous Jo introduces him to her social life.

Each of the three is determined to make Osgood her husband, but with which of them will he find the happiness he has lost and the contentment he is seeking? How will he explain away his efforts to replace his late wife to his spirited daughter Penge?

See the outcome wittily played out in this thought-provoking play by bestselling author and playwright Rosemary Friedman.

Rosemary Friedman has published 23 titles including 20 novels, several of which have been serialised by the BBC. She has also published 2 children’s books and more than 33 short stories syndicated worldwide. She has written commissioned screenplays (UK and USA) and television scripts including 'Baby Blues' for Doctors (BBC1). An Eligible Man is her third play to be produced.Her second play, Change of Heart, received its world première at the New End Theatre in 2004.

An Eligible Man - Graham Seed and Patricia PotterGraham Seed is best known as for playing Nigel Pargetter in the BBC radio series The Archers. Another memorable part is that of Jorkins in the first episode Et in Arcadia ego of the 1981 ITV television adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. He also appeared in Bergerac, Crossroads and Edward VII.

Patricia Potter starred as registrar Diane Lloyd in Holby City and has been in The Bill, Brookside and the Scarlet Pimpernel. She also played herself on Ricky Gervais's comedy Extras as an ex-girlfriend of Gervais' character Andy Millman and appeared in Shakespeare in Love.


Booking Information

Tuesdays to Saturday - 7.30pm

Saturday and Sunday - 3.30pm

Tickets are priced at £18 with concessions at £15

Box Office: 0870 033 2733 or:

New End Theatre, 27 New End, Hampstead, NW3 1JD


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