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The first-ever revival of The Bay at Nice by renowned English playwright Sir David Hare (Skylight, Wrecked Eggs) has come to London's Menier Chocolate Factory this spring for a limited seven-week run. The play first premiered at the London National Theatre in 1986 and dares to explore the human condition when a mother and daughter clash to defend their personal beliefs – both in the name of art and love. The play stars David Rintoul, Martin Hutson, Ophelia Lovibond and Dr Who actress Penelope Wilton.
What is The Bay at Nice by David Hare about?
The Bay at Nice is set in 1956 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) and follows an elderly lady named Valentina Nrovka, who was a former acquaintance of the famous French Fauvist painter, Henri Matisse. As the only known person in Soviet Russia to possess a personal knowledge of the artist, Valentina is invited to the Leningrad Stage Hermitage Art Museum to offer her opinion to the assistant curator on the authenticity of a possible Matisse painting of a bay.
Valentina was a close friend of Matisse in Paris in her younger years, when she enjoyed a carefree lifestyle with no oppression or restraints. She was later forced to return to Russia to raise her daughter, Sophia Yepileva, thereby giving up her bohemian way of life to adjust to a communist regime. Sophia grows up to marry a successful bureaucrat and leads a life of luxury in an otherwise impoverished society. Sophia's higher standard of living, however, does not bring her happiness and she dreams of filing for divorce to marry a much poorer and older man named Peter Linitsky. Her desire to marry the man whom she loves à la Fiddler on the Roof is not without conflict as her mother Valentina urges her to stop and accept her duties.
The cast of The Bay at Nice at the Menier Chocolate Factory
The Bay at Nice revival stars Martin Hutson, Ophelia Lovibond, David Rintoul and Penelope Wilton.
Martin Hudson's most recent stage credits include The Master Builder at The Old Vic Theatre and both Julius Caesar and Titus Andronicus for the RSC. He is also known for starring in the films The Passion and Atonement and in the television programmes Tutankhamun, The Honourable Woman and A Very British Sex Scandal.
Ophelia Lovibond's stage credits include The Libertine at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and Nightfall at The Bridge. Her TV credits include Inside Number 9, Mr Sloane, Elementary and W1A.
David Rintoul has recently featured on stage in Hamlet (Almeida Theatre/Harold Pinter Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, and Nell Gwynne at Shakespeare's Globe. His television credits include Game of Thrones, The Crown and the titular role in Dr Finlay. He is also known for appearing in such films as My Week with Marilyn and The Iron Lady.
Penelope Wilton is no stranger to David Hare plays and has starred in productions for two of his other works: The Secret Rapture (including the film version) and The Great Exhibition. Recent stage credits of Wilton's include her Olivier Award-winning performance in Taken at Midnight at the Chichester Theatre and Theatre Royal Haymarket, her London Evening Standard Award-winning performance in The Chalk Garden at the Donmar, and a Delicate Balance at the Almeida Theatre. Her television credits include the role of Isobel Crawley in Downtown Abbey and Harriet Jones in Dr Who. She is also known for appearing in such films as Shaun of the Dead, Calendar Girls and both the original Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel.
The creatives for The Bay at Nice
The Bay at Nice is directed by Richard Eyre and features set and costume design by Fotini Dimou, lighting design by Paul Pyant, and sound design by Gregory Clarke.
Don't miss the compelling revival of David Hare's rarely staged play, The Bay at Nice! Be sure to book your tickets to The Bay of Nice early to secure the best seats at the Menier Chocolate Factory when you use our interactive seating plan.