Comedy play The Circle, which was first performed in the 1920s, is heading to Cambridge Arts Theatre later this month.

Considered scandalous in its day for its blurred lines of morality and parody of the British aristocracy, the Somerset Maugham play premiered at London's Haymarket Theatre in March 1921.

Since then it has received numerous revivals, most notably in 1990 in New York starring Rex Harrison, Glynis Johns, Harley Venton and Stewart Granger.

This latest production by The Orange Tree Theatre is touring at Cambridge Arts Theatre from Tuesday, January 23 to Saturday, January 27.

Performances take place at 7.30pm, with a 2.30pm matinée on the Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Tickets are available from or by calling the box office on 01223 503333.

Jane Asher plays Lady Kitty, a society beauty who notoriously abandoned her stuffy husband Clive (Clive Francis) and eloped with the handsome Lord Porteous (Nicholas Le Provost).

However 30 years later, love's young dream has dissolved into non-stop squabbling. Meanwhile Clive and Lady Kitty's son Arnold faces the same marital fate - as his wife Elizabeth threatens to elope with the dashing Teddie Luton.

Will history come full circle? Or can one generation learn from the other's mistakes?

Actress and author Jane Asher began acting at a young age, appearing in Mandy in 1952 and playing the title role in Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass in 1958.

She is most known for role in Alfie opposite Michael Caine, and the film Deep End.


Clive Francis is known for A Clockwork Orange, Official Secrets and The Lost City of Z.

He recently appeared at the Cambridge Arts Theatre as Sir Humphrey Appleby in I'm Sorry Prime Minister I Can't Quite Remember.

Nicholas Le Provost is known for his roles in Shakespeare in LoveTestament of Youth and Up the Garden Wall.

He was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2002 for his performance in a 2001 West End production of My Fair Lady.

The play was written by novelist, short story writer and playwright Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), who was active during the inter-war period.