By Tom Kempinski
Ticket prices: £6 - £29.50
Stephanie Abrahams, a brilliant concert violinist, who seemingly has it all, is forced to re-evaluate her life when struck down by an unforeseen tragedy.
Faced with a truth too difficult to comprehend she consults psychiatrist Dr Feldmann and through a series of highly charged encounters is led to examine her deepest emotions and finally 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.
Juliet Stevenson’s stage work includes Rosalind in As You Like It (RSC) and most recently Arkadina in The Seagull (National Theatre). On film she received numerous awards for Truly Madly Deeply and a BAFTA nomination for The Politician’s Wife.
Henry Goodman was last at the Almeida in The Hypochondriac. Other stage work includes his award-winning performance in The Merchant of Venice (National Theatre) and recently in the leading role in Fiddler on the Roof in the West End. Matthew Lloyd, previously Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange, Manchester, has directed over twenty new plays at Hampstead, the Almeida and the Royal Court.
Thu 22 Jan 2009 - Sat 14 Mar 2009
Evening performances 7.30pm
Sat matinees 3pm from 31 Jan
Wed 25 Feb 2.30pm
Wed 11 Mar 2.30pm
Duet for One Tour
Multi award-winning actor Juliet Stevenson will make her Almeida debut as Stephanie Abrahams. Stevenson was last on stage at the National Theatre as Arkadina in The Seagull. Previously her theatre credits include Alice Trilogy and The Country for the Royal Court, We Happy Few at the Gielgud, Private Lives for the National Theatre and Beckett Shorts for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Stevenson played 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. Her other film credits include Breaking and Entering, Being Julia, Mona LisaSmile, Bend it Like Beckham and Drowning by Numbers. On television her credits include The Politician’s Wife, Hear the Silence, Stanley, and most recently A Place of Execution.
★★★★★ 'Performances of overwhelming emotional power and conviction… the performance of a lifetime… a triumph.'
★★★★'Duet for One bowled me over…Matthew Lloyd's rich and nuanced production…is a noble and deeply moving piece of theatre. Stevenson…is superb…Henry Goodman creates a highly sympathetic, wise and comic character… a masterclass in fine acting.'
★★★★ 'In Matthew Lloyd’s fine revival, there is a perfect balance between the superb performances of Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman. These are two actors at the top of their game… a riveting evening.'
★★★★ 'A riveting script and charismatic actors... very moving'
★★★★'A poignant revival… a joy to watch with fine timing and subtle shifts in mood and focus. Stevenson [gives a] superb performance… Goodman is just so good, delightfully droll… A beautifully nuanced and moving duet.'
'A beautifully judged revival… played with wit and deftness by both actors'
Running time: 2 hours 30 mins, including one interval.
Director Matthew Lloyd
Design Lez Brotherston
Lighting Jason Taylor
Sound and Music John Leonard