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Four Weddings' drunken bride takes a stoic change in direction

PUBLISHED: 09:36 17 September 2010

Sara Crowe

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The stage production of Lark Rise to Candleford won't be the happy affair seen on TV, reveals Sara Crowe as she takes on serious drama

For the actor who reached a comic high playing the first, drunken bride Laura in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Sara Crowe’s latest part marks a stoic shift in direction.

Though known for her comic prowess on stage and film alike, the Scottish-born blonde will be playing a motherly role in Lark Rise to Candleford at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre, from September 20-25.

Departing from her familiar roles in Calendar Girls and West End comedies including Bedroom Farce, The Constant Wife and Private Lives, Crowe’s latest performance places her as a mother witnessing the dissolution of the rural way of life under the monotonous march of industrialisation.

Based on three post-war autobiographical novels by West Country author Flora Thompson, the play will be familiar to those who have followed the BBC’s serialisation of the trilogy, now awaiting a fourth season.

The stage production does not run parallel to the rose-tinted life presented on the box, however.

“It’s a lot more bleak than the TV series,” said Crow, 44, who plays the author’s part. “It’s based only on the earlier material and culminates with the start of the 1914 war.

For the full interview, see Times Out in the Bromley Times.

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