Opened 29 Jan 2009
Written: by Tom Kempinski
Directed: Matthew Lloyd
Cast: Juliet Stevenson (Stephanie Abrahams), Henry Goodman (Dr Feldmann)
Produced by: Almeida
Synopsis: Celebrated concert violinist Stephanie Abrahams is forced to rethink her career and her life after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. On the advice of her husband, a successful composer she consults psychiatrist Dr Feldmann, whose probing questions delve deep into her complex personality. For the first time, Stephanie is forced to consider a future without music.
What the popular press had to say.....
NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "I WAS pained, enthralled and finally exhilarated by Matthew Lloyd’s superb production of Tom Kempinski’s Eighties play." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "...ask if the play’s portrait of an MS sufferer in the psychiatrist’s lair has the dramatic power and moral scope to deserve its first major revival...On last night’s evidence, yes, it does." PATRICK MARMION for THE DAILY MAIL says, "Very moving." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "In Matthew Lloyd's fine revival, there is a perfect balance between the superb performances of Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman...this is a riveting evening" CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "This is a noble and deeply moving piece of theatre, blessed with wit, insight and a refusal merely to wallow in misfortune and let the audience have a good cry."
production photo by John Haynes