Duet For One, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Nov 27 - Dec 1
The highly acclaimed drama Duet for One comes to the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Directed by Robin Herford (The Woman in Black), Tom Kempinski’s multi-award-winning play resonates with the life of cellist Jacqueline du Pré.
Duet for One leads celebrated concert violinist Stephanie Abrahams (Haydn Gwynne) through a series of highly-charged encounters with her doctor, Alfred Feldmann (William Gaunt), as she is forced to re-evaluate her life and face a truth too difficult to comprehend. A future without her beloved music as the cruellest of diseases Multiple Sclerosis takes her away from the core meaning of her life.
Haydn Gwynne (Peak Practice, MerseyBeat, Nice Work and Drop the Dead Donkey) has made numerous stage appearances, most recently Billy Elliot The Musical (West End and Broadway) and Richard III with Kevin Spacey. William Gaunt became a household name for his role as Bob Marriott in ITV’s Sergeant Cork. He also starred in BBC TV’s Next of Kin, No Place Like Home and ITV’s The Champions.
Now in its 20th year this moving and uplifting play resonates as effectively as it did when it was first written, especially after the incredible feats of human ability displayed in this summer’s Paralympics.
As Director Robin Herford notes; ‘Preparing for Duet for One while the amazing Paralympic Games were in full swing has brought a fresh appreciation of what so many people have to deal with in the way of setbacks - traumas, accidents, unexpected diagnoses and all the other obstacles to fulfilling their dreams.”
Compelling, touching, enriching and inspirational this hugely successful play opened on the fringe, transferred for a long West End run, moved on to Broadway and was later turned into a movie starring Julie Andrews and Max von Sydow. This latest tour has received excellent reviews during its nationwide tour which ends here in Eastbourne.
Nightly performances at 7.45pm with Wednesday and Saturday Matinees at 2.30pm.
Ticket available from the box office on 01323 412000 or online www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk