Natasha J Barnes to star in TRYST at the Tabard Theatre

West End Wilma Award winner Natasha J Barnes, who famously took over to rave reviews from Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl in the West End will get her first starring role in a new production of Tryst by Karoline Leach.

Based on a true story, this tense drama tells of serial fraudster, George Love, who encounters a naïve and vulnerable shop-girl, Adelaide Pinchin. Seduced by his charm and elaborate stories of a life she’s never known, Adelaide agrees to run away with him in a secret tryst. What ensues shocks them both as their plans begin to unravel in frightening and unpredictable ways. The story begins as a romantic drama but soon evolves into a riveting thriller with a startling climax. Tryst is a tense, passion fuelled thriller which will stay with you long after the curtain comes down.

Natasha J Barnes said: “I read, or devoured, Tryst in one sitting and knew straight away I wanted to be a part of it. After learning so much taking over the lead in Funny Girl at The Savoy, I knew I would want my next project to be something really challenging. I’m not frightened of making myself vulnerable and I feel a straight play with such a small cast will be so different to what I’ve been doing recently and so exciting. I am a massive advocate for seeing the work of more female directors and I can’t wait to see what Phoebe will bring to the piece.”

Tryst, directed by Phoebe Barran, will play at the Tabard Theatre in Chiswick from 12 October to 5 November, 2017.

Press night is Tuesday 17 October at 7.30pm

The cast also features Fred Perry.

Creative team: Set and Costume Designer Max Dorey.Lighting Designer Matt Drury. Sound Designer Dave McSeveny

Karoline Leach is a British playwright and author, best known for her book In the Shadow of the Dreamchild.

Tryst premiered in the West End in 1997 starring Paul Nicholas and Susan Penhaligon before opening on Broadway in 2006.

The Tabard Theatre is a 90-seat theatre in Chiswick. Tryst will be the first show at the theatre since the venue has been taken over by new management and given a full refurbishment.