By Nicholas Wright
London, 1934. Melanie Klein is one of the most admired, yet controversial, psycho-analysts of her time, renowned for her unique insight into the secret world of childhood.
But her relationship with her psycho-analyst daughter Melitta has been damaged almost beyond repair and an unexpected message from abroad causes a bitter confrontation. The news also poses a mystery that even Mrs Klein, despite her genius for analysis, cannot solve. It is left to her new assistant, a young refugee from Hitler’s Berlin, to find a possible answer.
Nicholas Wright's witty and poignant study of mother - daughter relationships receives its first major UK revival at the Almeida Theatre. Mrs Klein premiered at the National Theatre in 1988 before transferring to the West End and Broadway. His other work includes The Reporter, an acclaimed adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials for the National Theatre, episodes of the BBC series The No 1Ladies Detective Agency,The Desert Air, Cressida (for the Almeida) and Vincent in Brixton.
Thea Sharrock previously directed Cloud Nine at the Almeida, A Voyage Round My Father at the Donmar Warehouse, The Emperor Jones at the National Theatre, As You Like It at Shakespeare's Globe, and Equus in the West End and on Broadway.
Evening performances 7.30pm
Midweek matinees 2.30pm on 18 & 25 Nov
Saturday matinees 3.00pm from 31 Oct
Running Time: 2hrs 30mins (including interval)
Multi award-winning actor Clare Higgins will make her Almeida debut as Mrs Klein. She is currently playing the Countess de Rossillion in All’s Well That Ends Well at the National Theatre where her previous credits include Nicholas Wright’s Vincent in Brixton as well as Oedipus, The Secret Rapture, Children’s Hour, Sweet Bird of Youth, Absence of War, Napoli Millionaria and King Lear. Her many other theatre credits include The Fever at the Royal Court, Death of a Salesman and Night of the Iguana, both at the Lyric Theatre, Hecuba and Phaedra for the Donmar Warehouse, Ride Down Mount Morgan at Wyndham’s Theatre and Heartbreak House for Chichester Festival Theatre. Her television credits include Minder, Midsomer Murders, Being Human, Murder in Suburbia, Casanova and Kavanagh QC. On film her credits include Spring 1941, Caught in the Act, The Libertine, Stage Beauty, House of Mirth and Small Faces.
“A skilful play… an absorbing production…Clare Higgins plays Melanie Klein to perfection… Zoë Waites is so convincing and Nicola Walker so vibrantly needy”
“A wonderfully skilful play…all three women act beautifully”
“Skilfully revived… the drama is a psychological power struggle… a rich one for performers…a thoughtfully conceived production, a treat for admirers of fine acting.”
“Sharrock’s trio of actresses is top notch… Commended”
Independent on Sunday
“Clare Higgins’s Klein is utterly convincing”
“Thea Sharrock’s production explores every cranny of a complex text and is vividly acted…a moving performance”
“Meticulously acted… the great Clare Higgins combines a wry, dry wit with deep emotion… deeply moving”
The Daily Telegraph
“A scrupulous production… clever, amusing and poignant… Clare Higgins [is] brilliance”
Nicholas Wright - Writer
Tim Hatley - Design
Neil Austin - Lighting
Ian Dickinson (for Autograph) - Sound