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Previewed 3 April 2008, opened 8 April 2008, closed 10 May 2008 at the Trafalgar Studios in London
Jeff Baron's play Visiting Mr Green in London starring Warren Mitchell and Gideon Turner and directed by Patrick Garland.
Widower Mr. Green is almost hit by a speeding car driven by corporate executive Ross Gardiner. Found guilty of reckless driving Ross is ordered to spend the next six months making weekly visits to Mr. Green. Family secrets are revealed and old wounds reopened in this poignant comedy.
Jeff Baron's multi-award winning play has had over 300 productions in 37 countries and has been translated in to 22 languages. This brand new UK production is directed by former Chichester Festival Theatre director Patrick Garland.
"Warren Mitchell is not quite up there in the national treasure league of most cherished actors alongside Joanna Lumley, Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer to name but three. He's more costume jewellery, special for sentimental reasons. So it's a treat to find him in Visiting Mr Green, admittedly looking all too convincingly frail, which, fortunately, is what the part demands. Mitchell plays Mr Green, the 86-year-old man Ross Gardiner almost ran over on a New York street. Gardiner's punishment for reckless driving is to visit Green weekly. Lonely, grumpy Green, recently widowed after nearly 60 years of marriage and evidently incapable of looking after himself, could hardly be less welcoming... American playwright Jeff Baron's 1996 piece plods predictably along it's sentimental journey raising themes of prejudice and the antagonism between parents and their offspring, punctuated with Jewish jokes about stinginess and Green's horror at feygeles (Jewish slang for gays). Mildly funny as it is in Patrick Garland's low-key, slow-motion production, if it hadn't dragged Mitchell out of retirement, I'm not sure anyone would have bothered with it." The Mail on Sunday
Visiting Mr Green in London at the Trafalgar Studios previewed from 3 April 2008, opened on 8 April 2008 and closed on 10 May 2008