Richard Eyre to direct Penelope Wilton in David Hare play at the Menier

Richard Eyre is to direct Penelope Wilton in a major revival of David Hare’s play The Bay At Nice at the Menier Chocolate Factory in March 2019.

Penelope Wilton The Bay at Nice Menier Chocolate Factory
Penelope Wilton

The Menier Chocolate Factory are presenting a major revival of David Hare’s The Bay at Nice. Richard Eyre directs Martin Hutson, Ophelia Lovibond, David Rintoul and Penelope Wilton.

In Leningrad in 1956, Valentina Nrovka has been invited to the Hermitage to offer her opinion on the authenticity of a Matisse painting, as she knew the great artist personally. Her daughter Sophia, also a painter, meets her there to seek her mother’s help, both financially and politically. This first London revival of David Hare’s play, since its première at the National Theatre in 1986, explores a mother and daughter’s fight for personal ideals and domestic responsibilities, as well as the choices made both in life and art.

Penelope Wilton will play Valentina Nrovka. Penelope’s recent stage productions include Taken at Midnight – Olivier Award for Best Actress (Chichester Festival Theatre and Theatre Royal Haymarket), A Delicate Balance, Heartbreak House (Almeida Theatre), Hamlet (Donmar West End), and The Family Reunion, The Chalk Garden (Evening Standard Award for Best Actress).

The Bay at Nice will play at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 14 March to 4 May 2019.


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