It has been announced that Jemma Redgrave and Oliver Cotton will star in the UK tour of Tom Kempinski’s award-winning play, opening at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on the 22nd September.
Directed by Robin Lefevre, Jemma Redgrave will star as Stephanie Abrahams and Oliver Cotton as Dr Feldman in a strictly limited UK tour.
Stephanie Abrahams, a brilliant concert violinist who seemingly has it all, is forced to re-evaluate her life when struck down by an unforeseen tragedy. Faced with a truth too difficult to comprehend she consults psychiatrist Dr Feldmann, resulting in a duel between two razor-sharp minds. Tom Kempinski’s dazzling play emerges as an ultimately life-enhancing tribute to the human spirit.
Tom Kempinski’s play is based on the life of world renowned musician Jacqueline Du Pré. It originally premiered at the Bush Theatre in 1980 with Frances De La Tour and David de Keyser and had great success in subsequent West End and Broadway runs, including a major revival in 2009 starring Juliet Stephenson and Henry Goodman.
Duet for One was also made into a film in 1986, starring Julie Andrews who went on to be nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actress.
Jemma Redgrave is best known for her role as Eve Granger in Cold Blood and as Bernie Wolfe in BBC 1’s Holby City. Her theatre credits include a West End revival of Chekov’s The Three Sisters, in which she appeared with her aunts, Vanessa Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave, and Chatsky at the Almeida Theatre.
Meanwhile, Oliver Cotton is best known for his role as Cesare Borgia in the BBC series The Borgias. His film credits include roles in The Dark Knight Rises and Shanghai Knights. On stage he has appeared in Trevor Nunn’s The War of the Roses (Rose Theatre, Kingston), The Philadelphia Story (Old Vic) and Passion Play (Duke of York’s Theatre).
The production will also feature designs by Olivier and Tony award-winner Lez Brotherston, with lighting by Ian Scott and sound by John Leonard.
Tour dates for the production are as follows:
22 September – 7 October Birmingham Repertory Theatre
9 – 14 October Cambridge Arts Theatre
23 – 28 October Richmond Theatre
30 October – 4 November Edinburgh King’s Theatre
6 – 11 November Malvern Festival Theatre
Further dates have yet to be announced.