First there was Yasmina Reza; then came Florian Zeller; now there's Daniel Kehlmann. All continental novelists and playwrights who are each given to writing pithy, witty plays, invariably running for 80-90 minutes each; and most extraordinarily coincidental of all, each finding the same English translator in Christopher Hampton. Zeller and Kehlmann have additionally both been discovered for their UK premieres by director Laurence Boswell at Bath's Ustinov studio, where The Mentor... Read more
Hollywood legend F. Murray Abraham recently starred in this new play The Mentor by Daniel Kehlmann, translated by Christopher Hampton which ran at the Theatre Royal Bath for a limited season from 6 April to 6 May 2017. The first of Kehlmann's plays to be performed outside of Germany, his novel 'Measuring the World' was an instant besteller and has since been translated into over 40 languages.
In The Mentor, Abraham plays Benjamin Rubin, a pendant writer basking in the glory of his past success. When he is given Martin Wegner, a rising literary star and wunderkind to mentor the pair meet in the German countryside where their egos collide.
Directed by Olivier Award-winner Laurence Boswell, artistic director of the Ustinov Studio in Bath, The Mentor opened to excellent reviews and was described as having "the aura of an event" by The Guardian as well as being "a witty comedy" by The Sunday Express. Much praise was levelled at Abraham as the Sunday Telegraph commented he "exudes an entertaining air of desiccation and disdain".
F. Murray Abraham won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Salieri in the film adaptation of Amadeus (1983). Other screen credits include 'All the President's Men' (1976), 'Scarface' (1983), 'Star Trek: Insurrection' (1998) and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' (2014). On stage his Broadway credits include Angels in America, A Month in the Country, Triumph of Love and most recently It's Only a Play.
Daniel Weyman plays Martin. His stage credits include Nicholas Nickleby, King Lear and Kafka's Dick.
Benjamin Rubin is a cantankerous old writer, whiskey aficionado and pedant, still basking in the reflected glory of long-ago success. Martin Wegner is a rising young literary star, heralded as “the voice of his generation". When Martin is given the opportunity to develop his new play under the mentorship of his idol, the two writers meet 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.