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In a dreamy spot in central London, Bella (Jessica Brown Findlay, Downton Abbey) fantasises about writing and illustrating a successful children’s book. Abandoned as a child, plagued by all-consuming OCD and belittled by her awful boss, Bella’s obstacles seem insurmountable. When forced by her landlord to deal with her neglected garden or face eviction, she meets her ultimate nemesis, match and mentor in miserable green-thumb, Alfie (Tom Wilkinson, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Shakespeare in Love). Fusing humour with drama and British eccentricity, This Beautiful Fantastic is a deceptively layered piece – an adult fairytale, a romantic yarn of blossoming love and a coming-of-age comedy that has the makings of a modern classic.
Monday 3rd April