As mad-loving temptress Dorien in revived TV series Birds of a Feather, Lesley Joseph does not spare our blushes, but now it’s more a case of flushes as she co-stars in a stage show which recounts in colourful detail the ups and downs of life as an older woman.
Hot Flush!, one of a run of shows highlighting ladies of a certain age, returns to the region in spring where it’s made a date with Sunderland Empire for April 23.
The comedy musical’s one-night-only performance is set to cause a flutter, as Joseph is very much back in the public eye with Birds of a Feather’s return to the screen last week.
The sitcom, co-starring Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson, returned on January 6 on ITV 1 following a 16-year gap after its successful run over nine years ended in 1998. And it won rave reviews with fans warmly welcoming back Joseph’s neighbour from hell, Dorien.
Her stage character in Hot Flush! - which itself has proved its staying power with five sell-out tours - is Myra, a divorce barrister who’s been abandoned by her husband for another woman and is one of four menopausal friends sharing the secrets, laughter and tears that play a part in ordinary women’s lives.
The quartet, calling itself The Hot Flush Club, meets weekly at a local bar where the women provide each other with moral support and, most importantly, gossip about the men in their lives – and there are 15 of them.
Starring alongside Joseph are Anne Smith, playing Helen, a lonely widow; Ruth Keeling as Jessica, who’s in the throes of a mid-life crisis; and Lori Haley Fox as Sylvia, who’s been married since she was 20, bored since she was 21 and wants to make up for lost time.
The 15 men, meanwhile, are all played by Matt Slack.
For tickets to the show, which is billed as the ultimate girls’ night out, visit www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland or call 0844 871 3022.