Vanessa Redgrave – a chance to see a legend
The Rose Theatre in Kingston has announced tickets are on sale for a theatrical work in progress, Vienna 1934 – Munich 1938. Why, you ask, should you see a play still in the process of working its kinks out? How about it’s author and leading lady is Vanessa Redgrave? Also, this is Redgrave in a beautiful, easily accessible theatre far from the pretentions and costs of the West End.
Redgrave performs a work based on her father’s pre-war correspondence and journals, and is joined by actress granddaughter Daisy Bevan, Robert Boulter and Paul Hilton, running from 7 February until 9 February. And if that wasn’t enough, you can spend An Evening with Vanessa Redgrave, hosted by Roger Michell, on Saturday 9 February at 7.30pm.
Vienna 1934 – Munich 1938 is based on the relationship between her father, legendary actor Michael Redgrave, and the poet Stephen Spender in the 1930s. Using notebooks, letters, the memoirs of both families, and Stephen’s poems, Vanessa Redgrave has crafted a play highlighting the affectionate, funny and intimate thoughts of individuals during these years of political and social disaster.
Vanessa Redgrave, you might have heard of her…?
If you are a film buff or a theatre-goer or over 40, you don’t need Redgrave’s extensive credits listed. Her recent television projects include Call the Midwife, Black Box and Nip/Tuck, alongside her daughter Joely Richardson, mother of Daisy Bevan. She has won Academy, Emmy, Tony, Olivier, BAFTA, Cannes, Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards – but no Grammy, so no EGOT. Yet.
For something more personal, it is An Evening with Vanessa Redgrave, the evening being the 9th of February. Redgrave is joined by Roger Michell (director of Notting Hill, Venus, which costarred Redgrave, and loads more films) and will share tales from her extraordinary career and hopefully life in the acting dynasty that is the Redgraves. All proceeds from the show will support the Rose’s commitment to continuing production of first-class theatre, alongside its Learning and Participation programmes.
For more information see the Rose Theatre website.
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