Cressida Bonas is getting her budding acting career back on track following her split from Prince Harry a month ago.
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The 25-year-old was spotted rehearsing for her part in a new play that is being performed at one of Hay”s fringe festivals.
Smiling, laughing and walking arm-in-arm with her friends, Cressida made her way backstage at the How The Light Gets In Festival of Philosophy and Music, a spin-off of the Hay Festival — an arts and literature event in Hay-on-Wye, Wales.
Cressida plays a starring role in There”s a Monster in the Lake, whose plot revolves around an exasperated elderly man who disappears from a rehab centre and heads to the woods while his two daughters go looking for him.
Cressida Bonas “wants to focus on her career”
The play was written by Tallulah Brown and is being directed by Lily Ashley, whose grandmother was fashion and interiors designer Laura Ashley.
The theatrical venture will run from 30 May – 19 July and is being put on by London-based theatre company Spoken Mirror.
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Shortly after parting ways with Prince Harry, a friend close to the couple said Cressida was now eager to make her career a priority.
“[Cressida] wants to focus on her career,” said the source. “And Harry is really keen that she is allowed to get on with her life.”
Cressida (fourth from the right) with the play”s cast and crew
Cressida studied drama at the University of Leeds before taking a course in dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
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In 2009 the blonde socialite had a cameo role in ITV2 show Trinity, playing a cheerleader alongside her sister Isabella Calthorpe, who is now married to Richard Branson”s son Sam.