Now On Stage
David Hare's THE VERTICAL HOUR
What happens when you're attracted to someone who you differ from politically?
What happens if that person is your boyfriend's father?
By Sir DAVID HARE (The Judas Kiss, Amy’s View, The Blue Room, Plenty, which he adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep, Via Dolorosa, My Zinc Bed, The Breath of Life). FRED ABRAHAMSE directs MICHAEL RICHARD, JACKIE RENS, RICHARD GAU, JACO VAN RENSBURG and SINAKHO ZOKUTA in this encounter between private lives and public politics.
The world premiere of The Vertical Hour at the Music Box Theater on Broadway starred Bill Nighy and Julianne Moore, directed by Sam Mendes. The play received its UK premiere at the Royal Court Theatre. It was the fastest selling new play in the Royal Court's history and was broadcast on BBC Radio Three.
A gripping drama, not to be missed. And the reviews agree! "Stuk Daag Uit En Vermaak" - Die Burger "Perceptive Production." - Cape Times "Stimulating Theatre" - Cape Argus
10 September 14 - 27 September 14
WEDNESDAY 10 TO SATURDAY 27 SEPTEMBER
Tue to Sat @ 8pm | Sat 27 Sep @ 5pm & 8pm | No performance on Wed 24 September
Running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, inclusive of 15min interval
JACKIE RENS ................................. Nadia Blye
MICHAEL RICHARD .................... Oliver Lucas
RICHARD GAU .............................. Philip Lucas
JACO VAN RENSBURG ................. Dennis Dutto
SINAKHO ZOKUTA ...................... Terri Scholes
Directed by FRED ABRAHAMSE
Sir David Hare (born 5 June 1947) is an English playwright, screenwriter and theatre and film director. Most notable for his stage work, Hare has also enjoyed great success with films, receiving two Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing The Hours in 2002, based on the novel written by Michael Cunningham, and The Reader in 2008, based on the novel of the same name written by Bernhard Schlink.
On West End, he had his greatest success with the plays Plenty, which he adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep in 1985, Racing Demon (1990), Skylight (1997), and Amy's View (1998). The four plays ran on Broadway, earning Hare three Tony Award nominations for Best Play for the first three and two Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. Other notable projects on stage include A Map of the World, Pravda, Murmuring Judges, The Absence of War and The Vertical Hour. He wrote screenplays for the film Wetherby, and the BBC drama Page Eight in 2011.
As of 2013, Hare has received two Academy Award nominations, three Golden Globe Award nominations, three Tony Award nominations and has won a BAFTA Award, a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and two Laurence Olivier Awards. He was also awarded several critics awards like a New York Drama Critics Circle Award and received the Golden Bear in 1985. He was knighted in 1998.
“If you want a definition of good drama, this is it: rich and intellectually gripping … a thrilling contest of wills between two perfectly-matched opponents.” The Guardian
"Hare is our best writer of contemporary drama." Sunday Times
“The Vertical Hour shows that it's deluded and damaging to suppose that you can set aside personal agonies, and equally harmful to view the outside world as a projection of private passions. So how do you relate the inner to the outer? This difficult question, sensitively and subtly realised here, will continue to nag the mind long afterwards.” LDN Independent