Written by Sandi Toksvig

 Director: Rebecca Gatward; Designer: Michael Taylor

Sound Designer: Mic Pool; Lighting Designer: Mark Doubleday

 3 – 11 February

Press night: 8 February 7pm

On one dark and stormy night in the upper day room of the Silver Retirement Home, five elderly ladies are trading stories of their remarkable lives. With the storm floods rising and no rescue team in sight, the ladies are faced with the sudden realisation that in order to survive they are going to have to do what they have done for their entire lives – do it themselves!

 Silver Lining is the new comedy by Sandi Toksvig. It tells the tale of five extraordinary yet forgotten women, who come together one treacherous night to recreate The Great Escape – senior citizen style!

 Sandi Toksvig is a writer, actor, presenter and political activist.  Her previous writing for the stage includes the musical Big Night Out at the Little Sands Picture Palace and The Pocket Dream.  Until last year she was the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and in October 2016 she takes over from Stephen Fry as the host of BBC television quiz show QI.  She is the joint founder of the Women’s Equality Party which was established in March 2015. 

 Rebecca Gatward directs. Her theatre credits include The Night Watch (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester), for West Yorkshire Playhouse; The Accrington Pals and Beryl (also Rose Theatre Kingston), The Trial Of Dennis The Menace (Southbank Centre), The Comedy Of Errors, The Merchant Of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe), Pandas (Traverse Theatre), The Indian Boy (RSC Complete Works Festival), The Canterbury Tales directed in partnership with Greg Doran and Jonathan Munby and Thyestes for The Other Place (RSC), Touched (Salisbury Playhouse), Cancer Tales (New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich). She was Company Director on This Is Our Youth with Matt Damon and Casey Affleck at the Garrick Theatre.  Her work for television includes EastEnders (winner Broadcast award and soap award nominations for best episode and scene), Casualty, Doctors and Sadie J.

 And then on tour to:

 New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

14 – 18 February

Box office: 023 9264 9000

www.newtheatreroyal.com

Oxford Playhouse

21 – 25 February

Box Office: 0844 871 3020

www.oxfordplayhouse.com

Cambridge Arts Theatre

7 – 11 March

Box office: 01223 503 333

www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

14 – 18 March

Box office: 01473 295 900

www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

21 – 25 March

Box office: 017687 74411 

www.theatrebythelake.com

York Theatre Royal

28 March – 1 April

Box Office: 01904 623568

www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

The Lowry, Salford

4 – 8 April

Box office: 0843 208 6000

www.thelowry.com