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World Theatre Season UK PREMIERE - Gina McKee stars in

The Mother

by Florian Zeller in a new translation by Christopher Hampton, directed by Laurence Boswell

21 May - 20 June 2015

The Mother

The Mother

Gina McKee

Gina McKee

Richard Clothier

Richard Clothier

William Postlethwaite

William Postlethwaite

Cara Horgan

Cara Horgan

Overview

WINNER OF THE MOLIERE AWARD FOR BEST COMEDY 2011

★★★★★ WhatsOnStage

★★★★ The Times ★★★★ The Guardian

★★★★ Daily Telegraph

"An astonishing production ... lingers long after the final curtain. The cast are mesmeric" British Theatre Guide

Anne loved that time in her life when she prepared breakfast each morning for her two young children, Sara and Nicholas. Now her children are grown and have lives and loves of their own. Spending hours alone, Anne has convinced herself that a weekend seminar in Leicester is a front for her husband, Peter's, affair.

Perhaps Nicholas and his girlfriend, Elodie, will break up and her favoured son will return. He will come down for breakfast, she will put on her new red dress and they will go out. After all, tomorrow is Mother's Day...

Florian Zeller is fast becoming one of France's most well-known contemporary playwrights. This 2011 work was the winner of a Moliere Award, France's highest theatrical honour.

Gina McKee is a BAFTA and Olivier Award nominated actress, whose extensive credits have included Our Friends in the North, The Street and The Borgias on TV; movie roles in Notting Hill, Atonement and In The Loop, and recent stage roles in King Lear (Donmar Warehouse), Richard III (Trafalgar Studios) and Di Viv and Rose (Hampstead Theatre).

The Mother has been adapted by Christopher Hampton, who also adapted Florian Zeller's The Father. He has also translated plays by Ibsen, Molière, Chekhov and Yasmina Reza (including Art and Life x 3). He won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the adaptation of his own play, Dangerous Liaisons.

Artistic Director Laurence Boswell 'has decisively established Bath's Ustinov Studio as a powerhouse' (Independent). He recently directed Intimate Apparel and Things We Do for Love.

Photo: Sean Dreilinger

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    5 Star Rating You leave wanting to pick up the phone to your Mum, to tell her how much you love her, to thank her for every sacrifice, every moment of love she has poured into you -  Whatsonstage.com

    4.5 Star Rating Gina McKee’s harrowing performance captures all the desperation and longing of addiction ... Christopher Hampton’s translation from the French is seamless ... Under Laurence Boswell’s sure direction, as it moves towards its disturbing conclusion, this is an ending you can’t look away from - The Public Reviews

    4 Star Rating Gina McKee ... an expertly whisked blend of surface ice and latent fire ... Richard Clothier's equally fine performance. Highly recommended - Daily Telegraph

    4 Star Rating Gina McKee ... winningly understated. Boswell's cast admirably fine-tunes the family's fraught relationships. Intriguing extra dimensions as well as dark laughter - The Times

    4 Star Rating Gina McKee is utterly haunting -  Guardian

    4 Star Rating Brilliantly executed and reaches deep into the soul ... A brave piece and worth every moment - TheatreBath

    4 Star Rating A riveting performance ... an enthralling tale - Bristol Post

    An astonishing production ... lingers long after the final curtain. The cast are mesmeric - British Theatre Guide

    Gina McKee is mesmerising - The Observer

    Performances are terrific and under the direction of the Ustinov's artistic director Laurence Boswell the pace of this play is spot on. I loved it - Bath Chronicle

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  • Cast

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    Anne                     Gina McKee

    Peter                   Richard Clothier

    Nicholas                 William Postlethwaite

    Élodie                   Cara Horgan

     

    Designer - Mark Bailey

    Lighting Designer - Colin Grenfell

    Sound Designer and Composer - Jon Nicholls

    Movement Director - Lucy Cullingford

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  • Info

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    Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.45pm
    Thurs Matinees: 2.30pm (not 21st May)
    Sat Matinees: 2.30pm
    Press Performance:Wednesday 27th May 7pm

    • Post Show Discussion: Thursday 4th June after evening performance

    Tickets: £19.50 / £14.50 Discounts
    Preview Performances 21st - 26th May and Mondays: All seats £10 

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