Cast in Silver Lining


by Sandi Toksvig
Tue 7 - Sat 11 March 2017
Tickets £18 - £33*

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Starring Sheila Reid, Joanna Monro, Amanda Walker, Rachel Davies, Maggie McCarthy, Keziah Joseph and Theo Toksvig-Stewart.

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 a hilarious new comedy by writer, actor, presenter and political activist 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!

This World Premiere production of Silver Lining is brought to the stage by English Touring Theatre and the Rose Theatre Kingston. ETT’s recent work includes Terence Rattigan’s French Without Tears (★★★★ ‘A hoot of an evening’ The Times) and Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited (★★★★ Daily Mail).

This show is part of our Women in Theatre series (7 - 25 March), celebrating International Women's Day.

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Running Time

Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including an interval


Tuesday - Saturday, 7.45pm
and Saturday, 2.30pm: £18/£23/£28/£33*
Thursday, 2.30pm: £18/£23/£28*

*All ticket prices include a £3 per-ticket booking fee

Assisted Performances:

Captioned performance, Thursday 9th March, 7:45PM
Audio Described performance, Saturday 11th March, 2:30PM

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Maggie McCarthy (May)

Maggie's theatre credits include We Wait in Joyful Hope (Theatre 503), The Absence of War (Headlong/Sheffield Theatres/Rose Theatre Kingston), Juno and the Paycock (Bristol Old Vic/Liverpool Theatres), Gaslight (Salisbury Playhouse), Children of the SunCocktail SticksDoctor’s DilemmaMajor BarbaraMuch Ado About Nothing, PhilistinesThe Rose TattooMother Clap’s Molly House (National Theatre), Private Lives and Uncle Vanya (Chichester Festival Theatre).
Her work for television includes Dancing On the EdgeFeather Boy and She's Out.
Her work for film includes Attack the BlockLeap Year and Hilary And Jackie.

Keziah Joseph (Hope)

Keziah trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, this marks her professional debut. 

Joanna Munro (June)

Joanna's theatre credits include Jack and the Beanstalk (Hall for Cornwall), Mamma Mia (West End and international tour), Breeze Block Park (Liverpool Playhouse), Habeus Corpus (Exeter Northcott), Women On The Verge Of HRTGolden Leaf Strut and The Master Builder (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Blood Brothers (West End), Prisoner Cell Block HBaby LoveRough CrossingAll’s Well That Ends WellDead White MalesThe Price Of Meat and The Taming Of The Shrew (Nuffield Theatre) and Dreams Of San Francisco (Bush Theatre). 

For television her work includes Confessions of a Diary SecretaryAngels, People Like Us, The Cazelet Chronicles, Doctor Who, Fast Forward, The Life and Death of Philip Knight and Dream Team

She is currently a recurring character in the BBC Radio 4 series Homefront.

Sheila Reid (Gloria)

Sheila's theatre credits include Pericles (Shakespeare’s Globe), Othello and The Three Sisters (The Old Vic), Romeo and JulietTis Pity She’s a Whore and Richard III (RSC), When I Was A Girl I Used To Scream And Shout and My Mother Said I Never Should (Royal Court Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Pornography (Tricycle Theatre), Into The Woods (Donmar Warehouse), Filomena (Almeida Theatre), (National Theatre) and at Edinburgh Festival, Love Among the ButterfliesTerrible with Raisons In It (both of which she wrote) and Maurice’s Jubilee (also UK tour).  For television, she is perhaps best known for her role as Madge in ITV comedy Benidorm; her other television credits include Call the Midwife, Doctor Who, Father Brown and Psychobitches

Rachel Davies (Maureen)

Rachel's theatre credits include Ecstasy (Hampstead Theatre), The Party and The Bacchae (National Theatre), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (New Theatre and Old Vic).
For television her credits include Emmerdale, A Passionate Woman, New Tricks, Best Friends, Bodies, Cutting it, The Chase, Dalziel & Pascoe and Linda Green.

Amanda Walker (St Michael)

Amanda's theatre credits include Orpheus Descending (Haymarket Theatre), Waiting in September: The War On Terror (Southbank Centre) and Superior Donuts (Southwark Playhouse). 
Her television work includes The Missing, Murphy’s Law, My Family, Daylight Robbery, Fish and The New Adventures of Robin Hood;  and for film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Captain America: The First Avenger and Cloud Atlas.

Theo Toksvig-Stewart (Jed)

Silver Lining is Theo’s professional stage debut, having graduated from Drama Centre in 2016. Theatre credits whilst training include:
An Opera from the East; Artaud at Rodez; Balm in Gilead; After Troy; Spring Awakening; The Sea Voyage; The Taming of the Shrew; Golden Boy; The Seagull; The Surgeon of His Honour; Epitaph for George Dillon; Julius Caesar.


  • Elderly lady stands on a chair
  • Elderly lady quietly sitting in a chair
  • 3 Elderly residents, one stands, one sits and one sits in a wheelchair
  • Young woman with a selfie stick and phone
  • Care home intruder in a hat
  • Elderly lady in a wheelchair


  • 'Razor sharp witty one-liners and intelligent humour'

    WHATSONSTAGE (on Sandi Toksvig's Bully Boy)
  • 'Toksvig's script is both witty and heartfelt'

    SUNDAY TIMES (on Sandi Toksvig's Bully Boy)