An Attempt at Life
by Harley Granville Barker
Revised by Richard Nelson
Directed by Trevor Nunn
Designed by Robert Jones
Based on the original production at the Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath
Three years after leaving her unfaithful husband and striking out as an artist, Agnes receives his letter ordering her home. But Agnes married young; her innocence has gone and her ambition is growing. Fleeing to France to find a new future, Agnes is pursued by the besotted Alec and worldly-wise Otho. Beset on all sides, can Agnes seize the chance to shape her own life?
Hailed as a long-lost masterpiece, Harley Granville Barker’s witty and compelling exploration of love, sexual attraction and independence was written in 1900 and unearthed in the British Library a century later. Following an acclaimed run at the Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath, Trevor Nunn’s world premiere production arrives in London for five weeks only.
★★★★ A BONA FIDE REVELATION. Daily Telegraph
★★★★ ENGAGING AND ENLIGHTENING‘. Broadway World
★★★★ HOW RELEVANT THE SUBJECT MATTER IS TO LIFE IN THE 21ST CENTURY. PASSIONATE AND COMPELLING. Bristol Post
Harley Granville Barker is a giant of Edwardian theatre and the first modern British theatre director. His plays, including Waste and The Voysey Inheritance, are regularly revived.
Richard Nelson is a multi award-winning playwright and librettist. He is an honorary associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company and recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Trevor Nunn returns to Jermyn Street Theatre following Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall, which transferred to the West End and off-Broadway. He is a former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre.
Running time Around two hours thirty minutes, including an interval.
On Monday 18th February there will be a Q & A immediately after the performance.
All ticket holders welcome
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm Matinees Tuesday & Saturday 3.30pm
Tickets £30. Preview Tickets 12—13 February £15
Under 30? 100 tickets at £10 are available for under-30s. Bookable online or by telephone – please bring proof of age to the performance. Only available until Saturday 23 February 2019
Concessions Available to over-60s, theatre unions, unwaged, access, students. £20
Please note that after Saturday 23 February all tickets are full price.
Box Office 020 7287 2875 www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk