Should you glance at the front page of The Radio Times next week you’ll come face to face with Michael Sheen and David Tennant, advertising the new series of Staged, about to grace our screens again.
Yes, next Monday at 9.45pm on BBC1, the new eight part Oxford produced series kicks off once more with an ever growing number of huge global stars playing cameo roles alongside the two actors trying to rehearse for a new play during lockdown.
Created by Oxford actor Simon Evans (Noke resident) and Phin Glynn (who lives in Kingston Bagpuize), and directed by Evans for BBC1, the producers are Oxford’s father and son combo Victor and Phin Glynn alongside Georgia Tennant.
Victor Glynn told Ox In A Box: “This is extraordinarily exciting for us and our wonderfully loyal fans. And if you thought the guests on series one were special, and my oh my they really were – just you wait and see who we have for you this time! Ridiculous star names,” he promises.
In case you missed it, the last series of Staged featured Sheen and Tennant rehearsing in lockdown at home after their West End play was cancelled due to Covid. The surprise hit boasted appearances from Dame Judi Dench and Samuel L Jackson.
It’s success and fame reached a huge global audience, the LA Times recently quoting that ‘Staged’ should go in a time capsule.’
In terms of the new plot, the new series sees Michael Sheen and David Tennant attempt to navigate their ‘new normal’ at home with their increasingly exasperated families, whilst simultaneously trying to tackle the world of ‘virtual Hollywood’ and their ever more fragile egos.
The second series also sees us reunited with the original cast of Georgia Tennant, Anna Lundberg, Simon Evans and Lucy Eaton, Nina Sosanya and primetime Emmy-winner Ben Schwartz.
Read our interview with Oxford’s Simon Evans here: https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/simon-evans-on-the-success-of-bbc-lockdown-drama-staged-and-wednesdays-oxford-playhouse-fundraiser-with-marcus-brigstocke-stephen-fry-lucy-porter-and-rachel-parris/
Michael Sheen says: “It’s been so great to see how much people enjoyed the first series. Seemed like the laughs were much appreciated. It made us really excited about taking it further and going in some surprising and hopefully enjoyable directions this time.”
Georgia Tennant adds: “The prospect of getting my husband back into employment alongside the divine Ben Schwartz and the hairy Welsh legend that is Michael Sheen all makes me very happy to be back for series two!”
So tune in on Monday 4th at 9.45 on BBC One, Tuesday at the same time followed on Mon/Tues for the following 3 weeks to watch the full eight episodes.