Australia’s leading lady – Amanda Muggleton, returns to the London stage in Roger Hall’s comedy The Book Club at the Kings Head Theatre. Deb feels like something is missing in her life, she’s a sport-widow and children have left home so she has nothing to do but daydream. As a self-confessed bookaholic, she joins a local book club and as she fantasises over the pages they start to become a reality…
We spoke to star Amanda Muggleton about returning to London.
- Describe The Book Club in 3 words.
Funny. Naughty. Optimistic
2. Tell us about the character you play?
Deborah Martin is intelligent, hilarious, spontaneous, daring yet lonely. She’s suffering from “Empty Nest Syndrome”. Her life is turned upside down when she joins a local book club.
3. One of your most iconic roles was playing Shirley Valentine. Do you think there are some similarities with Deb?
The author of The Book Club, Roger Hall, saw me perform Shirley Valentine and wanted to create his own one woman show, the difference is that these two women both come from different classes which opens up a whole new world of comedy.
4. You are used to treading the boards in Australia, are you looking forward to performing in London?
Absolutely, I am very excited. The last time I performed in London was in 1990 at the Duchess Theatre. Being at The King’s Head feels like I have come home, it was one of the first theatres I ever performed in when I left the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
5. Last production you saw at the theatre?
I saw Kathryn Hunter in The Emperor at the Young Vic, sublime.
6. What has been your career highlight to date?
Playing Maria Callas in Master Class by Terrence McNally.
7. What are your 3 dressing room must-haves?
Toilet. Mirror. My lucky key???
8. What do you normally do on your day off?
Recharge my batteries, I love my days off. I want to be entertained by someone else. Theatre. Film. Music
9. Who’s your hero?
Sally Wainwright. Everything she touches is brilliant.
10. Who would you most like to work with?
Judy Dench, Bill Nighy , Miriam Margolyes
11. Who has been your favourite character to play and why?
Maria Callas because it was wonderful to play someone who really did exist, the research was enlightening and Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly because she was glamorous, funny and gets all the good songs. Lady Macbeth, what more do you need, it’s Shakespeare
12. What’s next for you?
I play Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray and then John Misto has written me a play called Lip Service. I play Helena Rubinstein, it’s about the make up wars between Revlon, Elizabeth Arden and Max Factor.