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American Season - UK Premiere

In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play

by Sarah Ruhl; Directed by Laurence Boswell

10 May - 9 June 2012

In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

Overview

In a spa town in New York in the late 19th century, enthusiasm for the new electric light bulb is spreading through the homes of the well-to-do citizens. Dr Givings is obsessed with the marvels of technology and has been working with a handy new device, a strange electric-powered box set up in his operating theatre to treat female hysteria. Dr Givings' first patient emerges from her first session beaming and keen to return for future treatment. But while the good doctor is blithely administering to his patients, his wife, Catherine, a new mother, is left feeling lonely and left out, and forced to take matters into her own hands...

In The Next Room is a provocative, funny, touching and entertaining story about sex, intimacy and equality which is based on historical fact. It was nominated for three 2010 Tony Awards including Best Play.

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  • Reviews

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    5 Star Rating Laurence Boswell's exquisite UK premiere is an intense pleasure, beautifully acted and thrillingly alive ... a fascinating period drama and a shrewd perspective on modern social mores ... an ecstasy of theatrical invention - The Times

    4 Star Rating sparkling, beautifully judged production ... hilarious ... exquisite design ... performances are uniformly excellent - The Guardian

    Spirited and stimulating ... looks almost as if it could be a revival of Shaw or Wilde - New York Times

    Has the potential to be a modern masterpiece ... a breathtakingly inventive addition to Ruhl's singular body of work - LA Times

    A fascinating, funny and evocative play ... Ruhl develops the story with the enticing blend of irreverent humour and skewed realism - San Francisco Chronicle

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  • Cast

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    Catherine Givings - Katie Lightfoot

    Dr. Givings - Paul Hickey

    Annie - Lucy Robinson

    Mr Daldry - Tom Hodgkins

    Sabrina Daldry - Flora Montgomery

    Elizabeth - Rakie Ayola

    Leo Irving - Edward Bennett

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  • Info

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    Evenings 7.45pm (Wednesday 16 May 7pm)

    Matinees Thursdays & Saturdays (not 10 May) 2.30pm

    Tckets £19.50 / £14.50

    • Post Show Discussion Thursday 24 May

    Director: Laurence Boswell

    Designer: Simon Kenny

    Lighting Designer: Emma Chapman

    Sound Designer: Fergus O'Hare

    Composer: Jon Nicholls

    Contains scenes of an adult nature

    Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)

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