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Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5LA
Ended 9 Aug 2014 after 2 months
Kathleen Turner returns to the London stage for the UK premiere of this hit comedy
Polly Teale directs Stephen Sach's delightful two-hander comedy of manners, which is reportedly based on a true story. Starring the husky-voiced Kathleen Turner, whose previous West End appearances include starring roles in The Graduate and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, she is joined by veteran thespian Ian McDairmid, best known for his role as the villainous Darth Sidious/Palpatine in the Star Wars film anthology.
Flying down to Maude's super modest trailer park home in Bakersfield, CA, the snooty, self-important Percy is less than impressed with the boozy, common Maude, and even more importantly, the hotly debated painting. What ensues next is a sharp-witted battle of wills between the WASPish Percy and Maude - who clash in their differing opinions of what "real art" is. As Maude claims that she has been approached with an offer by foreign investors for $2m for the painting, she is convinced further that the painting must be genuine, despite Percy's assurances to the contrary.
When Percy, fatigued and bemused with Maude's insistence recommends that she take the money and be done with the painting, she refuses to be browbeaten by this snobbish stranger. Percy in turn cruelly rebukes her lowly background and surroundings, saying that neither she or the painting would be accepted in polite New York society.
Audiences will see their sympathies waiver between the two stubborn-headed leads, sharing in his frustrations and her dreams of a luckier life.
Previews from: 10 May 2014
Opening night: 27 May 2014
Closing night: 9 August 2014
Bakersfield Mist is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards
One hour 40 minutes with no interval
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