Show Picture Until 3rd May 2014

Primavera in association
with Jermyn Street Theatre

The first ever revival of


by Arthur Wing Pinero

Directed by Abbey Wright

[Photo credit: Bob Workman]

Set design by Cherry Truluck
Costume design by Victoria Johnstone
Lighting design by Tim Mascall
Sound composed and designed by Simon Slater

"That is what marriage gives - the right to destroy years and years of life."

Venice, Easter 1895.
In the cafes around St Mark's Square, all the gossip among
the English ex-pat community is about two mysterious arrivals in the city. Agnes Ebbsmith is a young widow with a scandalous past. Travelling with her is Lucas Cleeve, an up-and-coming Tory MP who has abandoned his wife in London. Defying convention, Agnes and Lucas are refusing to marry, and living in a 'compact' together. But before long their peace is shattered by the arrival of Lucas's aristocratic family from London.

This is a funny, dramatic, and utterly enthralling play by one of the greatest Victorian dramatists. This is its first ever revival and marks a major theatrical rediscovery.
Arthur Wing Pinero was the foremost playwright of the Victorian theatre.
The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith was last performed by Mrs Patrick Campbell in the
West End in 1895.

Abbey Wright directs. Abbey was Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse and Staff Director of Danny Boyle's Frankenstein (NT). Her recent productions include Mrs Lowry and Son and Dublin Carol (Trafalgar Studios), and Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre).
Set Designer Cherry Truluck's many designs at Jermyn Street Theatre include The Living Room, All That Fall, directed by Trevor Nunn, and Berkoff: Religion and Anarchy, directed by Steven Berkoff and Max Barton.
The lavish period costume designs are by Victoria Johnstone, whose 1920s designs for Primavera's revival of Saturday Night (Jermyn Street Theatre and West End, 2009) were highly praised.

An outstanding cast includes Rhiannon Sommers as Agnes Ebbsmith. She was last seen at Jermyn Street Theatre in an acclaimed portrayal of Mary Shelley in Bloody Poetry in 2012. Christopher Ravenscroft plays the Duke of St Olpherts. Christopher is well known for The Ruth Rendell Mysteries as well as numerous stage performances, including winning Best Actor last year at the Manchester Theatre Awards. Peter Sandys-Clarke (On Approval) and Robert Benfield (The White Carnation) return to Jermyn Street Theatre. Primavera's past productions at Jermyn Street Theatre include The Living Room, Bloody Poetry, and Anyone Can Whistle and Saturday Night.
Primavera returns in the autumn to present the first revival of Terence Rattigan's first play, First Episode.

**** "Rhiannon Sommers gives a wonderfully intelligent account of the torn feelings of Mary Shelley." Paul Taylor, Independent on Primavera's Bloody Poetry

**** "Outstanding ... sliding from comically mundane chat towards poetic lyricism." Kate Bassett, The Times, Critics' Choice, on Abbey Wright's Mrs Lowry and Son

**** "The acting from the whole cast is quite simply stellar... Abbey Wright's direction is as sharp and well-defined as the acting." Michael Coveney, Whatsonstage, on Abbey Wright's The Ones that Flutter
**** "Ambitious production company Primavera are names to follow." Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard

Richard Beanland, Robert Benfield, Niccolo Curradi, Julia Goulding, Max Hutchinson, Sarah Madigan, Christopher Ravenscroft, Peter Sandys-Clarke, Rhiannon Sommers

Monday to Saturday 7.30pm. Saturday matinees 3.30pm.

£20.00 and £16.00 concessions
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