Art and politics collide as Hare exposes the relationship between public concerns, personal freedom and family bonds. Valentina Nrovka is a former student (and possibly lover) of Henri Matisse. She left bohemian Paris to return to the Soviet Union when pregnant. In 1956 Leningrad, Valentina is invited to the Hermitage to assess the authenticity of a small unsigned work possibly by Matisse. But when Valentina's daughter Sophia arrives in search of financial and emotional support in order to divorce her Communist Party member husband, two ideals come head to head.
The gulf between domestic duties and moral ideals plays out across two generations in a sharp, snappy mother daughter drama. The 75-minute play is a typical example of Hare's skill for entwining the personal and political. It premiered in 1986 as a two-part series, but companion play Wrecked Eggs fell flat by comparison. Richard Eyre, former artistic director of the National Theatre, focusses on a brief single play for the first major revival.
With the proven talents of Eyre, Wilton and Lovibond this David Hare revival is in very safe hands - and is likely to sell swiftly. Book tickets early to avoid disappointment.
|What||The Bay at Nice, Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre|
|Where||Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark St, London , SE1 1RU | MAP|
|Nearest tube||London Bridge (underground)|
14 Mar 19 – 04 May 19, 8:00 PM – 9:10 PM
|Website||Click here to book now|