Tom Kempinski Featuring Henry Goodman

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Almeida On Tour presents the first major revival of…


Richmond Theatre

By Tom Kempinski

Featuring Henry Goodman and Juliet Stevenson

Mon 30 March - Sat 4 April

Mon – Sat evening performances 7.45pm

Wed & Sat matinees 2.30pm
Audio Described Performance Sat 4 April, 2.30pm
Tickets: £14.50, £16.50, £17.50, £18.50, £19.50, £20.50, £21.50, £22.50, £23.50, £25.50, £26.50, £28.50 £29.50
'A triumph' Evening Standard
'…a very moving duet – for two' The Daily Mail
'This Duet is sublime' The Telegraph
After receiving rave reviews and sell out success at the Almeida, Duet for One starring Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman comes to Richmond Theatre.
With strong echoes of the life and experiences of celebrated cellist Jacqueline du Pre running through it, the play tells of celebrated concert violinist Stephanie Abrahams, who 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.
Kempinski’s play, premiered at the Bush Theatre in 1980 and enjoyed successful runs in the West End and on Broadway. It was subsequently made into a film with Julie Andrews and Alan Bates. Two of Britain’s finest actors, Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman, perform this gripping and deeply moving psychological drama in its first major revival.
Multi award-winning actor Juliet Stevenson was last on stage at the National Theatre as Arkadina in The Seagull.  Previously her theatre credits include Paulina in Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden for which she won the Laurence Olivier Best Actress Award and Anna in the UK premiere of Langford Wilson’s Burn This opposite John Malkovich.  On film she played opposite Alan Rickman, directed by Anthony Minghella, in Truly, Madly, Deeply for which she won the Evening Standard Film Award for Best Actress.
Henry Goodman recent theatre credits include Argan in Lindsay Posner’s production of The Hypochondriac at the Almeida, the title role in Richard III for the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Shylock in Trevor Nunn’s production of The Merchant of Venice for the National Theatre. In the West End his roles include Billy Flynn in Chicago, Freud in Hysteria and Eddie in Feelgood and on Broadway his work includes The Producers and Art. His television and film work includes Damned United, Churchill, Colour Me Kubrick, Notting Hill, Mary Reilly, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Foyle’s War and Cold Lazarus.

The creative team includes Matthew Lloyd (Director), Lez Brotherston (Designer), Jason Taylor (Lighting Designer) and John Leonard (Sound and Music)

Matthew Lloyd - Director

Matthew Lloyd is Artistic Director of The Actors Centre.  Previously he was an Artistic Director at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre where his productions included An Experiment with an Air-Pump and Waiting for Godot. Lloyd was Associate Director at Hampstead Theatre where his work included The Fastest Clock in the Universe, Slavs! and the award-wining The Lucky Ones. He has directed over twenty premieres of new plays for the Bush Theatre, as well as productions for the Theatre Upstairs and the Glasgow Citizens Theatre.

Lez Brotherston - Design

Lez Brotherston has previously designed for Almeida productions Dying For It, The Lightning Play and Brighton Rock as well as the upcoming production of In a Dark Dark House. Other recent theatre work includes Dickens Unplugged and In Celebration (West End), Much Ado About Nothing for the RSC, The Dark and Little Foxes for the Donmar Warehouse, Playing with Fire at the National Theatre, and Cabaret and The Crucible for Sheffield Crucible. His design for dance includes Into The Woods and A Soldier’s Tale for Royal Opera House, Seven Deadly Sins for the Royal Ballet, Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands, The Car Man, Cinderella and Swan Lake; Carmen, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Giselle for Northern Ballet, and nIght LiFe and Just Scratchin’ The Surface for Scottish Ballet. His design for opera includes L’elisir d’amore for Glyndebourne, Hansel and Gretel for Opera Zuid/Opera Northern Ireland, and Le Roi Malgre Lui for Opera North.

Jason Taylor - Lighting

Jason Taylor’s extensive credits for lighting design include the West End productions of Rainman, Absurd Person Singular, The Letter and Some Girl(s), High Society, Abigail’s Party, And Then There Were None and Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern, Broadway productions of Pygmalion and Journey’s End, and national tours including Flashdance, Crown Matrimonial, Blackbird and Lady In The Van. His other lighting design includes BCC (National Theatre), God of Hell (Donmar Warehouse), Year of the Rat, Madness of George 3rdand Little Shop of Horrors (West Yorkshire Playhouse), National Anthems (Old Vic), Us and Them and The Dead Eye Boy (Hampstead Theatre), Iolanthe, The Mikado and Yeoman of the Guard (Savoy Theatre),twenty seasons at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, and productions at all the major regional theatre venues.

John Leonard - Sound and Music

John Leonard has previously worked on sound design at the Almeida Theatre for Waste, The Homecoming, Big White Fog, Dying For It, Hedda Gabler, Macbeth, Brighton Rock, Whistling Psyche, Five Gold Rings, The Mercy Seat, and I.D.  He has also worked extensively on productions for the National Theatre including the recent Much Ado About Nothing and The Enchantment, productions for the RSC including Antony and Cleopatra, The Prisoner's Dilemma, and Romeo and Juliet, and extensive work for the Druid Theatre Galway/Dublin, Soho Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Oxford Playhouse and Liverpool Playhouse. His work in the West End and on Broadway includes In Celebration, Kean, Glengarry Glen Ross and Translations.

Listings Information:
Mon 30 March - Sat 4 April


Mon – Sat Eves: 7.45pm Wed & Sat Mats 2.30pm

Audio Described Performance Sat 4 April, 2.30pm

The Green, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1QJ

Tickets: £14.50 - £29.50

Box Office 0870 060 6651
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Richmond Theatre The Green Richmond TW9 1QJ

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