F. Murray Abraham stars in
by Daniel Kehlmann, in a translation by Christopher Hampton, directed by Laurence Boswell
6 April - 6 May 2017
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SOLD OUT - returns only, please call the Box Office on the day of performance.
A Hollywood legend takes to the Ustinov stage in this new play by one of Europe’s most celebrated authors…
Benjamin Rubin is a cantankerous old writer, whiskey aficionado and pedant, still basking in the reflected glory of long-ago success. Martin Wegner is a rising young literary star, heralded as “the voice of his generation”.
When Martin is given the opportunity to develop his new play under the mentorship of his idol, the two writers meet in a dilapidated art nouveau villa, somewhere in the German countryside. Two massive egos are set on a collision course in this perceptive and compelling comedy about art and artists and the legacy of fame.
"Who would have predicted that Bath would become an international dramatic hub? Under Laurence Boswell’s direction, the Ustinov has produced some of the most outstanding plays of the past five years: Intimate Apparel (from the US), The Father (from France), now from Germany, The Mentor." Susannah Clapp, The Observer
F. Murray Abraham won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Salieri in Miloš Forman’s masterpiece Amadeus (1983). Martin is played by Daniel Weyman whose credits include Nicholas Nickelby, King Lear and Kafka's Dick on stage and Silent Witness on television. Naomi Frederick starred in Bath and the West End last year in Hobson's Choice. Jonathan Cullen's recent credits include Trouble in Mind in the Ustinov Studio and Love the Sinner at the National Theatre.
Daniel Kehlmann is a literary superstar whose novel, Measuring the World sold three million copies in Germany alone and has been translated into more than 40 languages. This is the first time one of his plays has been performed outside Germany. Christopher Hampton translated Florian Zeller’s play The Father for the Ustinov Studio, launching its international success. He won an Academy Award for the adaptation of his own play, Dangerous Liaisons.
Olivier Award-winning Laurence Boswell is the Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio and an Associate Artist of the RSC. His recent productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Theatre Royal’s Main House, and Trouble in Mind, The Mother, Intimate Apparel and The Spanish Golden Age Season in the Ustinov Studio.
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This show has the aura of an event. It is the work of a bestselling German novelist, Daniel Kehlmann, is translated by Christopher Hampton and stars the American actor F. Murray Abraham, who won an Oscar for his Salieri in Amadeus ... full of prickly comedy and offers 90 minutes of civilised pleasure ... dispels the myth that German comedy is a contradiction in terms - Guardian
A witty comedy ... Laurence Boswell directs a first rate cast ... There can be no greater tribute to the painful honesty of Daniel Kehlmann's play than that it has attracted the attention of translator extraordinaire, Christopher Hampton, who provides a superbly colloquial English version - Sunday Express
Abraham’s portrayal comes from an artist at the top of his game; full of depth and nuance with the subtlest of comic delivery - Reviews Hub
What a treat ... Lets Abraham do what he does better than anyone: blur the line between meanness and mischief, between the seductive and the vicious - The Times
Abraham exudes an entertaining air of desiccation and disdain - Sunday Telegraph
CastBack to top
F.Murray Abraham - Benjamin Rubin
Daniel Weyman - Martin Wegner
Naomi Frederick - Gina Wegner
Jonathan Cullen - Erwin Rudicek
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Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.45pm
Thurs Matinees: 2.30pm (not 6th April)
Sat Matinees: 2.30pm
Press Performance: Thursday 13th April 7pm
Post Show Discussion: Thursday 20th April after evening performance
Tickets: £19.50 / £14.50 Discounts Preview Performances 6th April - 12th April, Press Performance on 13th April and Mondays: All seats £12
Running Time: Approx. 90 minutes (no interval)
Please note: from Monday 24th April 2017, all prices in the Main House and Ustinov Studio incur a booking fee of £1.25 per ticket in addition to the advertised prices, regardless of payment method or amount of tickets booked. Please note all prices in the egg theatre incur a booking fee of 50p per ticket in addition to the advertised prices, regardless of payment method or amount of tickets booked.
Plus £1 postage