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Fleabag’s Sian Clifford says her new digital play about grief made her “weep”

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Here’s everything we know about Sian Clifford’s new play, which you can watch from home next February.

We best know and love Sian Clifford for playing long-suffering big sister Claire in Fleabag. Fans also thoroughly enjoyed her portrayal of Diana Ingram, the wife of the controversial Who Wants To Be A Millionaire winner Charles, in ITV’s Quiz series earlier this year. 

But before breaking through on the silver screen, Clifford was a successful stage actor with over 14 years’ experience in the theatre under her belt. And now the Bafta-winning actor is returning to her roots for a new play – and you can watch it online.

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Clifford and Nikesh Patel will star in next year’s world premiere of Lorien Haynes’ Good Grief, a two-person “hybrid” play about the stages of grief that has been rehearsed entirely over Zoom. 

As reported by the London Theatre website, Good Grief  is  a “romantic comedy about grief that’s sharp, irreverent and quintessentially British.”

Haynes said in a statement: “When I wrote Good Grief – as a heartfelt one-act comedy – no one said it was long enough to produce on stage. For it to have a life now, virtually,  at a time where we miss and need theatre - is a truly wonderful thing. Theatre has to survive and our art adapt, to make storytelling vital in the midst of this pandemic. I am so grateful for this short, sharp play to get out there.

Sian Clifford & Nikesh Patel
Sian Clifford and Nikesh Patel star in the online production of Good Grief.

In an interview with Time Out, Clifford explained the significance of this production: “I always said it would take a lot to get me back on stage, but Platform Presents [the producers of Good Grief] had been doing amazing work over the past few years, [director] Natalie Abrahami’s attachment was really appealing, and the play blew me away, I absolutely tore through it, it made me weep. 

“And I loved the idea of doing something radical and helping save our industry and to keep people engaged with the arts.”

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Good Grief will be available to watch online between 15 February – 15 April 2021. Early bird tickets cost £29 and you can pre-order them up until 24 December now on the Original Theatre website. From 25 December, tickets will cost £39. You can also buy a supporter package, which includes a digital programme and signed script, for £150.

Let’s face it, we need something to look forward to over the next few months, and this sounds like a perfect way to support the arts, stay entertained and see Clifford work her stage magic.

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