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After sitcoms and serious drama, Olivia Colman is about to start West End rehearsals in a Noel Coward classic

Tomorrow morning, Olivia Colman is alarmed to remind herself, she is due at the first rehearsal for a West End play. "It is Hay Fever by Noël Coward. And I am very nervous about going back on the stage. I am playing Myra, or Myrna, is it?"

Colman will be appearing alongside Lindsay Duncan, Jeremy Northam, David Haig and Freddie Fox, but the list of illustrious co-stars does not help. "I used to do stage all the time, but it has been such a long time. I feel they are all going to be shaking their heads soon enough, saying to each other, 'I can see we are going to have to carry this one.'"

The 37-year-old has applied her subversive wit to a wide selection of critically acclaimed television comedies over the past decade, »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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