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Ended 9 Aug 2014 after 2 months

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Kathleen Turner returns to the London stage for the UK premiere of this hit comedy

Closed 9 Aug 2014


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.


When down-at-heel Maude finds a painting that could be an original Jackson Pollack, her dreams of fame and fortune might very well come true. Convinced of the work's authenticity, she contacts eminent art expert Lionel Percy in New York City to come and inspect the painting for authenticity.

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.

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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

Run time

One hour 40 minutes with no interval

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