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James Purefoy and Sheridan Smith join Sienna Miller in FLARE PATH

James Purefoy and Sheridan Smith will join Sienna Miller in Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path, directed by Trevor Nunn at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Opening on 10 March 2011 with previews from 4 March 2011 Flare Path is booking until 4 June 2011. Set and costumes are by Stephen Brimson Lewis. Flare Path is produced by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Tom McKitterick and the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company in association with Act Productions Ltd.

The cast includes Joe Armstrong (Dusty), Sarah Crowden (Mrs.Oakes), Sienna Miller (Patricia), James Purefoy (Peter), Sheridan Smith (Doris) and Clive Woods (Swanson). Final casting details will be announced shortly.

James Purefoy is best known on television for his role as Marc Antony in HBO’s epic award-winning TV series Rome. His other television credits include NBC's The Philanthropist in which he played the leading character, Teddy Rist, and the forthcoming Injustice for ITV1. His most prominent film credits include Resident Evil, Vanity Fair, the Black Prince in A Knight’s Tale and the title role in Solomon Kane. He has recently completed filming the forthcoming Ironclad and John Carter of Mars. His theatre credits include Macbeth, The Tempest, The Man Who Came to Dinner and King Lear all for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Hamlet for the Bristol Old Vic, Present Laughter at the Globe Theatre, Simon Callow’s stage adaptation of Les Enfants du Paradis at the Barbican, and The Relapse, directed by Trevor Nunn, at the National Theatre.

Sheridan Smith has recently completed a critically acclaimed run as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical at the Savoy Theatre. Her other theatre credits include Into the Woods at the Donmar Warehouse, Ancient Lights for Hampstead Theatre, The People are Friendly for the Royal Court, Tinderbox at The Bush Theatre, Little Shop of Horrors at the Menier Chocolate Factory and in the West End as well as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Taming of the Shrew at the Open Air Theatre, Regents Park. Her extensive television credits include BBC comedies Two Pints of Lager & A Packet of Crisps, The Royle Family, Grown Ups, Love Soup and the ITV1 comedy Benidorm. She recently worked with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jonathan Pryce on her first feature film, Hysteria, to be released later this year.