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Atkins, Maxwell-Smith, O'Neill, Thompson, et al. Set for Female of the Species logo
Eileen Atkins
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Olivier Award winners Con O'Neill and Sophie Thompson and stage veterans Sam Kelly and Paul Chahidi will join previously announced stars Eileen Atkins and Anna Maxwell-Martin in Roger Mitchell's production of Joanna Murray-Smith's The Female of the Species, beginning performances July 10 at the Vaudeville.

The show focuses on Margot Mason (Atkins), a pioneer of 1970s feminism and author of The Cerebral Vagina and other best-sellers, who now has writer's block. When committed fan Molly (Maxwell-Martin) arrives unannounced, she seems to offer a solution -- but then she produces a gun and threatens to kill Molly for warping her mother's mind with her dogma.

The show will be designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting by James Whiteside, and sound by Matt McKenzie.

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