Ustinov Studio A Season of Contemporary American Drama

The Model Apartment

by Donald Margulies, directed by Laurence Boswell
  • 22 November - 22 December
The Model Apartment

Event Information

Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.45pm
Thurs Matinees: 2.30pm (not 22 November)
Sat Matinees: 2.30pm
Press Performance: Wednesday 28 November 7pm

Post Show Discussion: Thursday 13 December after evening performance

★★★★★ “Faultless” StageTalk Magazine

★★★★ “Finely directed by Laurence Boswell, with four superb and superbly matched actors … almost perfect. Outrageously funny … a superb production of Donald Margulies’ black comedy” Observer

★★★★ “Profoundly moving” Guardian

★★★★ “The cast are all excellent … Diana Quick, brilliant” The Times

★★★★ “Boswell directs the play’s combination of riveting dialogue, brutal confrontations and dream sequences with great care” The Stage

★★★★ “Diana Quick and Ian Gelder give the high-quality performances that have now become de riguer at this venue … Another Laurence Boswell triumph … A play that will stay swirling in the subconcious of those who see it” Kris Hallett

“Riveting … Performances are impeccable … Tightly directed, well staged” Western Daily Press

One of the UK’s best-known actresses, Diana Quick, and Game of Thrones’ Ian Gelder star in the UK premiere of THE MODEL APARTMENT, a black comedy by award-winning playwright Donald Margulies.

They play Max and Lola, two elderly Holocaust survivors, who in the early 1980s retire to Florida from Brooklyn. Finally able to escape life’s stresses and strains, as well as their difficult daughter, their plan is to sit back and relax, but their new life in the Sunshine State turns dark very quickly. Their deluxe condo is not yet ready, and they are asked to stay temporarily in a ‘model apartment’, where history begins to catch up with them in the most devastating way…

In this brilliant black comedy, Max and Lola discover that if they are ever truly going to be able to retire, they must first confront the demons of their past.

Tickets: £23.50 / £18.50 Discounts
Mondays: All seats £15

A booking fee of £1.50 per ticket applies

Diana Quick is perhaps best-known for her Emmy and BAFTA award nominated portrayal of Lady Julia Flyte in the much-loved television series Brideshead Revisited. Her illustrious career has included numerous roles with the National Theatre, RSC and The Old Vic, and she has twice portrayed Queen Elizabeth II – on screen in How Do You Solve a Problem Like Camilla, (an episode of the documentary drama, The Queen) and onstage in Alan Bennett’s Single Spies. Diana Quick has previously starred at the Ustinov Studio in The American Plan (March 2013) and The Big Meal the following year, and appeared opposite Edward Fox in You Never Can Tell, as part of the 2005 Peter Hall Company at the Theatre Royal Bath.

Ian Gelder played Kevan Lannister in twelve episodes of the worldwide phenomenon Game of Thrones, and has also appeared on screen in Ripper Street, EastEnders, Mr. Selfridge and Silent Witness. He was highly praised for his role in Racing Demon, part of the Theatre Royal Bath Summer Season 2017, and his other recent stage credits include Roots at the Donmar Warehouse, The Power of Yes at the National Theatre and Titus Andronicus at Shakespeare’s Globe.

The cast also includes Emily Bruni, whose television appearances include Gail in Peep Show and roles in Wallander, Tamara Drewe and Lewis, and she recently played Goneril in King Lear at Shakespeare’s Globe; and Enyi Okoronkwo, who has been seen on stage in Junkyard and The Cherry Orchard at Bristol Old Vic as well as Wonder.land at the National Theatre.

Donald Margulies is one of America’s most respected and renowned playwrights, the author of The Country House, Time Stands Still, Collected Stories and the Pulitzer Prize winning Dinner with Friends. He was awarded the 1995-96 OBIE Award for Playwriting.

Laurence Boswell is the Olivier Award-winning Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio whose recent hugely acclaimed productions include The Whale, The Mentor and Trouble in Mind.

Designer – Tim Shortall

Lighting Designer – Ben Ormerod

Sound Designer and Composer – Jon Nicholls

Casting Director – Ginny Schiller CDG

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Doors open approximately 15 minutes prior to the performance unless otherwise stated.

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