12 October - 5 November 2017

by Karoline Leach


Best Male Performance (Fred Perry)
Best Female Performance (Natasha Barnes)
Best Director (Phoebe Barran)
Best Design (Max Dorey)
Best Sound (Dave McSeveney)

Theatre Weekly
Jonathan Baz
Love London Culture
Spy in the Stalls


“A rollercoaster of emotions”
Jonathan Baz
“This gripping drama has plenty of twists and turns that keep the audience enthralled from beginning to end.”
Love London Culture
“Both the actors are terrific”
“Stylishly directed by Phoebe Barran”
“Natasha J Barnes gives a powerhouse performance”
Theatre Weekly
Barnes “bears an uncanny resemblance to a young Imelda Staunton, and has a touch of the same open-faced emotionalism, whip-smart comic timing and unshowy magnetism. She is absolutely wonderful.”
“Fred Perry delivers with perfect balance to make the audience warm to him as much as they are repulsed by him.”
Love London Culture

Natasha J Barnes who famously took over to rave reviews from Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl will star in a new production of Tryst by Karoline Leach at the Tabard Theatre from 12th October 2017 to 5th November 2017.

Based on a true story, this tense drama tells of serial fraudster, George Love, who encounters a naïve and vulnerable shop-girl, Adelaide Pinchin. Seduced by his charm and elaborate stories of a life she’s never known, Adelaide agrees to run away with him in a secret tryst. What follows shocks them both as their plans begin to unravel in frightening and unpredictable ways.

The story begins as a romantic drama but soon evolves into a riveting thriller with a startling climax.

Karoline Leach is a British playwright and author, best known for her book In the Shadow of the DreamchildTryst premiered in the West End in 1997 starring Paul Nicholas and Susan Penhaligon before opening on Broadway in 2006.

Directed by Phoebe Barran. Credits include; An Evening with Noel Fielding (UK and International tour), Four Days In Hong Kong, Suppressed Desires and Scenes from a Separation (Orange Tree), The Fitzrovia Radio Hour (Edinburgh Festival, Ambassadors theatre, and National Tour), The Tin Horizon (Theatre503), Ours (Finborough). As an assistant director her work includes Wall (Royal Court) The History Boys (National Theatre), Women Beware Women (RSC).

Tryst is a tense, passion fuelled thriller which will stay with you long after the curtain comes down.

Natasha J Barnes

Natasha first came to the public’s attention when she stepped into the role of Fanny Brice for the West End run of Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre, becoming a 5-star critical wonder – The Daily Telegraph calling her “a sensation in her own right… She has a charisma and twinkling mischief that’s irresistible’” and from The Daily Mail, “An exceptional lead performance”. This was swiftly followed by Natasha playing the title role in the Palladium’s all-star Cinderella at Christmas and Natasha has since completed a major UK and Ireland tour of Funny Girl reprising the role of Fanny Brice. Her debut single, Supermodel, will be released in the Autumn.

Theatre includes: Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (UK Tour); Mack and Mabel (Hackney Empire) Cinderella (London Palladium); Funny Girl – Covered and Played Fanny Brice (Menier Chocolate Factory & The Savoy Theatre); American Idiot (dir. Racky Plews, Arts Theatre); The Boy Who Fell Into a Book (dir. Alan Ayckbourn); Chess (Union Theatre); Snow White (Old Vic Theatre and Tour); Come Dancing (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Lend Me a Tenor (dir. Ian Talbot, Gielgud Theatre); I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Spring Awakening (dir. Michael Mayer, Lyric Hammersmith and Novello Theatre). TV includes: Doc Martin; Doctors. Radio includes: Little Women, BBC Radio Drama – The Day I Finished Off Charlotte Bronte; The Wonderful World of Allaetitia; Alice Through The Looking Glass. Workshops include: The (M)other Life (Wyndham’s Theatre); Peter Pan (Lyric Theatre); Crush (Harold Pinter).

Fred Perry


Fred’s theatre credits include: Love and Understanding, Japes, Long Live the Mad Parade, Truth Lies Diana, Sweeney Todd, The Lover, Black Comedy, The Real Inspector Hound, Comedy of Arias, Peaches, Oleanna, Black Soap, Who’s Buttling Anyway, The Beaux Stratagem. Fred’s TV and Film credits include: The Honourable Woman, New Tricks, Spooks, Hotel Babylon, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, Eastenders, Scott and Bailey, Pillow Talk. He trained at LAMDA.

Karoline Leach – Playwright

Karoline Leach is a British playwright and author, best known for her book In the Shadow of the Dreamchild. Tryst premiered in the West End in 1997 starring Paul Nicholas and Susan Penhaligon before opening on Broadway in 2006.

The Press on previous productions of Tryst

‘Engagingly crafty… unusual and entertaining’
– Independent

‘Keeps you guessing throughout’
– Time Out New York

‘Full of suspense’
– The Sunday Telegraph

1 hour and 30 minutes. There is no interval

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