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Duet for One to close as scheduled

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

Tom Kempinski’s Duet for One, starring Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman as Stephanie Abrahams and Dr Feldmann, will complete its West End run on August 1, 2009, as previously announced.

It will be followed by Alan Cumming’s one-man musical show, Alan Cumming: I Bought a Blue Car Today, which runs for just eight performances – from September 1 to September 6, 2009.
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This in turn, will be followed by the first major West End revival of Jim Cartwright’s multi award-winning play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, starring the X Factor‘s Diana Vickers.
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Previously Posted: The Almeida Theatre’s sell-out production of Tom Kempinski’s two-hander Duet for One will transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre, where it will run for a limited 12 week season – from May 12 (previews from May 7) to August 1, 2009.

Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman will reprise their roles as Stephanie Abrahams and Dr Feldmann.

In what is described as a powerful and deeply moving play, Stephanie Abrahams, a brilliant concert violinist who seemingly has it all, is forced to re-evaluate her life after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Faced with a truth too difficult to comprehend, Stephanie consults psychiatrist Dr Feldmann, and through a series of highly-charged dramatic encounters is led to examine her deepest feelings and darkest emotions and finally to consider the possibility of a future without music.

Stevenson, who made her Almeida debut in Duet for One, has previously appeared on stage in The Seagull (as Arkadina) and Private Lives (National Theatre); Alice Trilogy and The Country (Royal Court Theatre); We Happy Few (Gielgud Theatre); Beckett Shorts (Royal Shakespeare Company); Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden (as Paulina) for which she won an Olivier Award for Best Actress; and the UK premiere of Langford Wilson’s Burn This (as Anna) opposite John Malkovich.

Her screen credits include Anthony Minghella’s Truly, Madly, Deeply (opposite Alan Rickman) for which she won the Evening Standard Film Award for Best Actress, Breaking and Entering, Being Julia, Mona Lisa Smile, Bend it Like Beckham and Drowning by Numbers (film); The Politician’s Wife, Hear the Silence, Stanley, and most recently, A Place of Execution (TV).

Goodman, who was also seen at the Almeida in Lindsay Posner’s production of The Hypochondriac (as Argan), has also appeared in Performances (Wilton’s Music Hall); The Exonerated (Riverside Studios); The Birthday Party (Duchess Theatre); and Richard III, Volpone, The Comedy of Errors and They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (Royal Shakespeare Company). His many roles include Teyve in Fiddler on the Roof (Sheffield Theatres and the Savoy Theatre); Shylock in Trevor Nunn’s production of The Merchant of Venice, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Roy Cohn in Angels in America and Philip Gellburg in Broken Glass (all four at the National Theatre).

In the West End his other roles include Billy Flynn in Chicago, Freud in Hysteria and Eddie in Feelgood, while on Broadway his work includes The Producers and Art. And his screen credits include Damned United, Churchill, Colour Me Kubrick, Notting Hill, Mary Reilly, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Foyle’s War and Cold Lazarus.

Duet for One will be directed by Matthew Lloyd, Artistic Director of The Actors Centre. His credits include An Experiment with an Air-Pump and Waiting for Godot (as Artistic Director at Manchester’s Royal Exchange), The Fastest Clock in the Universe, Slavs! and the award-wining The Lucky Ones (as Associate Director at Hampstead Theatre).

As well as Duet for One, Kempinski’s work includes Sell Out, Flashpoint, Separation which was directed by Michael Attenborough during his time as Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre, The Beautiful Part of Myself, Dreyfuss, Mayakowksi and Addicted to Love.

Duet for One is designed is by Lez Brotherston with lighting by Jason Taylor and sound by John Leonard. It will be produced in the West End by Lee Dean and Jenny Topper.

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