Morse is making his mark with contrasting double bill at Chichester’s Minerva

Shaun Evans, star of television series Endeavour, performs in both Black Comedy and Miss Julie at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester.
Shaun Evans, star of television series Endeavour, performs in both Black Comedy and Miss Julie at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester.
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Shaun Evans – star of the Morse prequel TV series Endeavour – returns to the stage for the first time in five years in a double bill at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre.

Shaun appears in two one-act plays which fill the Minerva slot from July 4-August 9: Miss Julie by August Strindberg in a new version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Black Comedy by Peter Shaffer.

Miss Julie sees the eponymous lady playing provocative and dangerous games with her father’s handsome valet, exploring issues of sex, class and power.

In contrast, Black Comedy is a twisting farce, following impoverished artist Brindsley Miller as he tries to plan the biggest night of his career when his flat is suddenly hit by a power cut.

Shaun plays valet Jean in Miss Julie and Brindsley’s neighbour, Harold Gorringe in Black Comedy.

‘It’s great,’ says Shaun. ‘Each of them on their own would have been great parts, but to do both of them is just incredible. You often hear actors talking about wanting to get back to the theatre so that they can stretch their muscles, and this felt like an amazing opportunity to do exactly that. ’

‘I am just pleased to be playing great parts, whatever the medium. It doesn’t matter whether it is TV or a play. It is whether the part is a good one that counts.’

Tickets for Miss Julie/Black Comedy cost £24-£36 Visit cft.org.uk or call 01243 781312 for details.

PHIL HEWITT