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15:20 Tuesday 21 January 2014  Written by Lucy Elder

INTERVIEW: Jenny Seagrove and Sara Crowe star in Fallen Angels

Actresses Jenny Seagrove and Sara Crowe share their secrets behind preparing for the farcical comedy Fallen Angels and what we can learn from Noël Coward’s risqué drama today.

Following the success of last year's performances, the play is returning for a shorter 10-week whistle stop tour.

The pair star as best friends, Julia and Jane, whose mutual long-a-go lover announces he is to pay them an impromptu visit.

Their passionless husbands are both away playing golf, so they pop open the Champagne.

Soon enough hidden jealousies come out and demure behaviour goes out the window.

"It is a lot of fun, it is great fun to do and I hope it is great fun to watch," said Sara.

"It is a completely ridiculous situation and spirals into complete mayhem."

In 1990, Sara won an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Coward's 'Private Lives' and was also nominated for Best Comedy Performance for 'Hay Fever'.

"Sara is the princess of Noël Coward," said Jenny.

"I absolutely love [the play] and working with Sara is a joy."

The pair have starred together in 'The Constant Wife', at the Apollo and Lyric theatres, and more recently in last year's 'Whinging Women'.

Jenny's recent credits include barrister Jo Mills in BAFTA award-winning television drama Judge John Deed and leading roles in the West End production of Present Laughter and Brief Encounter.

She spoke about the content of the play, first performed in 1925, and how it is still relevant today.

"It was very shocking at the time," she said.

"It does raise the question of the nature of love and the nature of marriage and those are questions that are perennial."

The pair both admitted that the 'drunk scene' was their favorite.

"It was pretty much like a ballet that had to be choreographed and paired right down by numbers," said Sara.

So is this Noël Coward's princess' favorite play?

"They are all so different. I think this one is the silliest and probably the most fun, it goes so far into the extreme."

Fallen Angels opens tonight and runs until Saturday at the Theatre Royal Windsor.

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