Vincent in Brixton to close 1 week early 23 Aug 03

Vincent in Brixton to close 1 week early 23 Aug 03

The National Theatre production of Vincent In Brixton by Nicholas Wright, which was booking for a limited run to 30 Aug 03 at the Playhouse theatre, will now close one week early on 23 Aug 03.

The production originally opened in May 2002 at the Cottesloe, NT to terrific notices from the popular press: "Fascinating, funny and sometimes deeply moving new play." (DAILY TELEGRAPH); "An evening to savour." (EVENING STANDARD); "Jochum Ten Haaf is superbly funny and moving." (INDEPENDENT); "Intelligent, sensitive new play." (THE TIMES); "An exceptionally fine production." (THE GUARDIAN) .

The show then transferred to the Wyndham's Theatre in July 02 for a limited run to Oct 02, and then to Broadway with the Lincoln Center. It then returned to London at the Playhouse Theatre on 8 July 03 for a limited run.

The cast includes Clare Higgins (Ursula Loyer) , Jochum Ten Haaaf (Vincent Van Gogh) , Sarah Drew (Eugenie Loyer), Louis Cancelmi (Sam Plowman), Emma Handy (Anna van Gogh).

Vincent In Brixton won the Olivier Award, and was nominated for a Tony Award, for 'Best New Play'. Clare Higgins won three 'Best Actress' Awards at the Olivier, the Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Awards, and was also nominated for a Tony Award as 'Best Actress'.

The play is directed by Richard Eyre, designed by Tim Hatley, with lighting by Peter Mumford. It is produced by Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group and Ted Tulchin for Maidstone productions.

Nicholas Wright's play is based on the true facts of Vincent van Gogh's early life in London, about the transforming effect of love, sex and artistic adventure on unformed talent, and traces the birth of genius.

Brixton, 1873. A brash young Dutchman, working for the London branch of an international firm of art-dealers, rents a room in the house of an English widow. Three years later, he returns to Europe on the first step of a journey which will end in breakdown, death and immortality.

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