The Mentor with F Murray Abraham heads to West End

The Mentor starring F Murray Abraham

The acclaimed Theatre Royal Bath production of Daniel Kehlmann’s The Mentor starring Oscar winner F Murray Abraham is about to begin its West End run. The Mentor runs from June 24 to September 2 at the Vaudeville Theatre with a cast that also includes Daniel Weyman, Naomi Frederick and Jonathan Cullen. This production, translated by Academy Award-winning Christopher Hampton, marks the first time that the bestselling German author’s play has been performed outside of Germany. It is directed by Olivier Award-winning Laurence Boswell who is artistic director of Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio where the play enjoyed a record-breaking run earlier this year – the most successful in the studio’s history. The Mentor follows cantankerous old writer Benjamin Rubin and rising star Martin Wegner – two massive egos who are set on a collision course when they come together in a dilapidated art nouveau villa somewhere in the German countryside. … Read more

FIRST LOOK: F Murray Abraham in The Mentor in Bath

The Mentor starring F Murray Abraham

We are pleased to bring you these great production images by Simon Annand of F Murray Abraham in Daniel Kehlmann’s comedy The Mentor which plays at Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio until Saturday 6 May 2017. The play stars Academy Award-winner F Murray Abraham with Daniel Weyman, Naomi Frederick and Jonathan Cullen and is directed by Ustinov Studio’s artistic director Laurence Boswell. With a translation by leading playwright Christopher Hampton, this marks the first time a Kehlmann play has been performed outside of Germany. He previously translated Florian Zeller’s play The Father for the Ustinov Studio, launching its international success. The original production of The Mentor in German opened in Vienna in 2014. In a dilapidated art nouveau villa, somewhere in the German countryside, two massive egos are set on a collision course in this perceptive and compelling comedy about art and artists and the legacy of fame. BOOK TICKETS … Read more

Sunset Boulevard UK Tour

Sunset Boulevard UK Tour

Ria Jones will play Norma Desmon in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard UK Tour starting at the Curve Theatre in Leicester in September 2017. In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded, silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond, lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screen writer, Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive world. Persuaded to work on Norma’s ‘masterpiece’, a film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras, he is seduced by her and her luxurious life-style. Joe becomes entrapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free with dramatic consequences. Sunset Boulevard, based on Billy Wilder’s classic film is one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s greatest musicals. The Tony Award-winning musical (Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book Of A Musical) with Don Black and Christopher Hampton’s wonderful book and lyrics. … Read more

FIRST LOOK: Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard

Tickets for Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard are available through Britishtheatre.com

Performances begin today for Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard at the London Coliseum. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton’s musical based on Billy Wilder’s iconic film of the same name is being presented for 43 performances only. Co-starring Michael Xavier, Sionhan Dillon and Fred Johanson, Sunset Boulevard looks set to be the theatrical event of 2016. Read our review of Sunset Boulevard BOOK NOW FOR SUNSET BOULEVARD Photos: Richard Hubert Smith

Florian Zeller Takes On The West End With Three Productions

Florian Zeller

With the announcement that Florian Zeller’s The Father will return to the West End by popular demand comes news that two other Florian Zeller plays are to be produced. So who is Florian Zeller? Florian Zeller is a French novelist and playwright. His work has been translated into several languages, including English. He won the prestigious Prix Interallié in 2004 for his novel Fascination of Evil (La Fascination du Pire) and several Molière Awards for his plays. The Molières are considered France’s highest theatrical honour. Florian Zeller wrote his first novel Artificial Snow when he was twenty-two years old. His second novel, Lovers or Something Like It was well received but it was his third novel, Fascination of Evil (the 2004 Prix Interallié winner) which made him a household name in France. The book was selected for the Prix Goncourt. Theatre credits include L’Autre, Le Manège, Si tu mourais (Prix … Read more

The Father Transfers To The Duke Of York’s Theatre For 5 Week Season

The Father at Wyndham's Theatre

Following successful runs at the Theatre Royal Bath, the Tricycle Theatre in London and a West End season at Wyndham’s Theatre, Florian Zeller’s Moliere award-winning play, The Father will play at the Duke of York’s Theatre for a limited five week run, 24thFebruary – 26th March 2016, prior to a national tour. Kenneth Cranham reprises his role as Andre. Now 80 years old, Andre was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pyjamas, and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control. The production is directed by James MacDonald, translated by Christopher Hampton, designed by Miriam Buether with lighting designed by Guy Hoare and sound designed by Christopher Shutt. The Father will transfer … Read more

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