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F. Murray Abraham to star in The Mentor at The Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End
The Oscar-winning actor comes to the West End
Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Nica Burns have announced that they will transfer their recent production of Daniel Kehlmann's The Mentor starring F. Murray Abraham to the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End for a limited run from 24 June to 2 September 2017, with an official opening on 4 July 2017.
Kehlmann's play, which is translated by Christopher Hampton from the original German, originally premiered at the Theatre Royal Bath on 6 April 2017. The first of his plays to be performed outside of his native Germany, he is most well-known as an author with his novel 'Measuring the World' which has been translated into 40 languages.
In The Mentor, F. Murray 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. He is joined by Daniel Weyman, Naomi Frederick and Jonathan Cullen in the production directed by Olivier Award-winner Laurence Boswell, artistic director of the Ustinov Studio in Bath.
"Benjamin Robin 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 and two massive egos are set on a collision course in this perceptive and compelling comedy about art and artists and the legacy of fame."
The production features design by Polly Sullivan, lighting by Colin Grenfell and original music by Dave Price.
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".
Hollywood legend F. Murray Abraham is perhaps best known for winning 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.
The Mentor tickets are now on sale to 2 September 2017.