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The Mentor, starring F. Murray Abraham, transfers to the Vaudeville Theatre

F. Murray Abraham

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THEATRE Royal Bath Productions and Nica Burns have announced that Laurence Boswell’s critically acclaimed production of Daniel Kehlmann’s The Mentor will transfer to the West End – to the Vaudeville Theatre where it will run from July 4 (previews from June 24) to September 2, 2017.

The Mentor stars Academy Award-winner F. Murray Abraham as Benjamin Rubin, Daniel Weyman as Martin Wegner, Naomi Frederick as Gina Wegner and Jonathan Cullen as Erwin Rudicek.

In a dilapidated art nouveau villa, somewhere in the German countryside, two massive egos are set on a collision course in this perceptive and compelling comedy about art and artists and the legacy of fame.

The Mentor is directed by Olivier Award-winning Laurence Boswell, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio, where the play celebrated a record-breaking run earlier this year, the most successful in the studio’s history. This production, translated by Academy Award-winning Christopher Hampton, marks the first time that bestselling author Daniel Kehlmann’s play has been performed outside of Germany.

F. Murray Abraham won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Salieri in Miloš Forman’s masterpiece Amadeus. His numerous other screen credits include Homeland, Mighty Aphrodite, Scarface, Finding Forrester, Star Trek: Insurrection, The Name of the Rose, The Good Wife, Inside Llewyn Davis and The Grand Budapest Hotel. His theatre work includes It’s Only A Play, Othello, Richard III and Uncle Vanya, for which he received an Obie Award for Best Actor.

Daniel Weyman’s previous credits for Theatre Royal Bath include Kafka’s Dick and King Lear. Elsewhere, his theatre credits include Sideways (St James Theatre), 4000 Days (Park Theatre) and The Crucible (Bristol Old Vic). His screen work includes Great Expectations, Foyle’s War and Silent Witness.

Naomi Frederick’s theatre credits include Hobson’s Choice (Theatre Royal Bath and West End), The Heresy of Love, Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe) and The Winslow Boy (Old Vic).

Jonathan Cullen starred in the Ustinov Studio’s production of Trouble in Mind. His other theatre credits include Enemy of the People (Chichester Festival Theatre), Doctor Faustus (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Love the Sinner (National Theatre).

Daniel Kehlmann is a German-language author whose novel Measuring the World, sold three million copies in Germany alone and has been translated into more than 40 languages.

Christopher Hampton previously translated Florian Zeller’s play The Father for the Ustinov Studio, launching its international success. He won an Academy Award for the adaptation of his own play, Dangerous Liaisons.

Olivier Award-winning Laurence Boswell is Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio and an Associate Artist of the RSC. His recent productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Theatre Royal’s Main House, and Trouble in the Mind, The Mother, Intimate Apparel and The Spanish Golden Age Season in the Ustinov Studio.

Image: F. Murray Abraham in The Mentor. Photo credit: Simon Annand.

Tickets: From £19.50 – to book, call the box office on 0330 333 4814 (0330 333 4817 for groups and 0330 333 4815 Access) or visit www.nimaxtheatres.com/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm; Thursday and Saturday at 3pm.

Stepping Out continues at the Vaudeville Theatre until June 17, 2017.

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