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David Hare's The Bay at Nice receives its long-awaited revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory with Dr Who's Penelope Wilton
In Leningrad in 1956, Valentina Nrovka has been invited to the Hermitage to offer her opinion on the authenticity of a Matisse painting, as she knew the great artist personally. Her daughter Sophia, also a painter, meets her there to seek her mother’s help, both financially and politically. This first London revival of David Hare’s play since its premier at the National Theatre in 1986 explores a mother and daughter’s fight for personal ideals and domestic responsibilities, as well as the choices made both in life and art. Martin Hutson's recent theatre credits include Titus Andronicus and Julius Caesa r (RSC) andThe Master Builder (Old Vic Theatre). His film credits include Atonement and The Passion. His television credits include Tutankhamun, The Honourable Woman and A Very British Sex Scandal. Ophelia Lovibond’s theatre credits include Nightfall (The Bridge) and The Libertine (Theatre Royal Haymarket). Her television credits include Elementary, W1A, Inside Number 9 and Mr Sloane. David Rintoul’s recent theatre credits include Much Ado about Nothing (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Hamlet (Almeida/Harold Pinter) and Nell Gwynne (Shakespeare’s Globe/The Apollo). His television credits include The Crown, Games of Thrones and the title role in Dr Finlay. His film credits include The Iron Lady and My Week with Marilyn. Penelope Wilton has appeared in two other plays by David Hare: The Great Exhibition and The Secret Rapture (as well as the film version). Recent theatre credits include Taken at Midnight (Chichester/Theatre Royal Haymarket – Olivier Award for Best Actress), The Chalk Garden (Donmar – Evening Standard Award for Best Actress) and A Delicate Balance (Almeida). Her films include The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (original and sequel), Calendar Girls and Shaun of the Dead. Her television roles include Isobel Crawley in Downton Abbey and Harriet Jones in Dr Who.
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Rated 4.1 out of 5 (7 Reviews)
  • Review Avatar Apr 8, 2019

    Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience from the booking arrangement (which we messed up but was sorted no problem by the bookings people), via a quirky little restaurant where nothing was too much trouble to the staff, to the visit to a theatre we had not even known about despite living close to London for over 35 years, and finally an excellent performance by the cast of an entertaining play, telling a fascinating, witty and at times amusing story about Russia in the 50s. Great day out.

  • Review Avatar Apr 18, 2019

    Very enjoyable evening

  • Review Avatar Apr 21, 2019

    The front of House Staff were so helpful regarding my Husbands disabilities The Barman was great! We were very fortunate to have a drink after the performance when everyone had left ( and were made to feel very welcomed to do so) and had the great opportunity to have a few words with the Leading Actress Great Experience!

  • Review Avatar Apr 22, 2019

    Penelope Wilton was superb. It seemed the play was written for her. Hadn't expected the Soviet milieu which would have been a deterrent under normal circumstances, but the writing was so succinct that the play was a pleasure to follow.

  • Review Avatar Apr 22, 2019

    Wonderful theatre - acting was superb!

  • Review Avatar May 2, 2019

    Superb script, superb acting. Strong moral issues delivered in a strong act between mother and daughter. Enjoyed every minute of it. Can see it again

  • Review Avatar May 5, 2019

    A perfect production wirh outstanding actors and actresses!