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Previewed 7 May 2009, Opened 12 May 2009, Closed 1 August 2009 at the Vaudeville Theatre in London
A major revival of Tom Kempinski's gripping and deeply moving psychological drama Duet for One in London starring Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman.
Stephanie Abrahams, a brilliant concert violinist, who seemingly has it all, is forced to re-evaluate her life when struck down by an unforeseen tragedy. Faced with a truth too difficult to comprehend she consults psychiatrist Dr Feldmann and through a series of highly charged encounters is led to examine her deepest emotions and finally to consider a future without music.
The cast for Duet for One in London features Juliet Stevenson as 'Stephanie Abrahams' and Henry Goodman as 'Dr. Alfred Feldmann'. It is directed by Matthew Lloyd with designs by Lez Brotherston and lighting by Jason Taylor. The production transfers to the Vaudeville Theatre following a critically acclaimed season at the Almeida Theatre from January to March 2009. Juliet Stevenson's recent West End credits include Imogen Stubbs' We Happy Few (Gielgud Theatre 2004). Henry Goodman's recent London theatre credit include Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick musical Fiddler On The Roof (Savoy Theatre 2007) and Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party (Duchess Theatre 2005).
Tom Kempinski's play Duet for One originally premiered in London at the Bush Theatre in 1980 before transferring to The Duke of York's Theatre where it run for ten months up to July 1981. The play enjoyed a three week season on Broadway in December 1981 and was made into a film in 1986 with Julie Andrews as 'Stephanie' and Max von Sydow as 'Dr Feldmann', the cast also included Alan Bates.
"The astonishing quality of Matthew Lloyd's revival of Duet For One significantly deepens and intensifies Tom Kempinski's play about a gifted violinist diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, who visits a psychiatrist to help her come to terms with her decline. You won't find more complex and compelling performances than these. Goodman delivers a masterclass in intense listening; wheelchair-bound Stevenson snaps ferociously and hurls insults and charges at the shrink like a delinquent in a dodgem car. It must transfer to the West End." The Mail on Sunday
Duet For One in London at the Vaudeville Theatre previewed from 7 May 2009, opened on 12 May 2009 and closed on 1 August 2009.