National Theatre Live:
The Last of the Haussmans
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Sat, Oct 20 10am
A New Play by Stephen Beresford
Julie Walters plays Judy Haussman with Rory Kinnear and Helen McCrory as her children in one of the best-reviewed new plays to open in London this year: a funny, touching and sometimes savage portrait of a family that's losing its grip.
Anarchic, feisty but growing old, high society drop-out Judy Haussman remains in spirit with the Ashrams of the 1960s while holding court in her dilapidated Art Deco house on the Devon coast. After an operation, she's joined by wayward offspring Nick and Libby, sharp-eyed granddaughter Summer, local doctor Peter, and Daniel, a troubled teenager who makes use of the family's crumbling swimming pool. Together they share a few sweltering months in this chaotic world of all-day drinking, infatuations, long-held resentments, free love and failure.
One of Britain's best-loved and most versatile actors, Julie Walters has won BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards for her work in films ranging from Educating Rita to Billy Elliot to Mamma Mia! and the Harry Potter films. In 2001 she one the Olivier Award for Best Actress in All My Sons.
Rory Kinnear recently won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor for his performance as Hamlet at the National Theatre. Helen McCrory's acclaimed work includes the films The Queen and, recently, Hugo.
Daily Express, Daily Mail, Evening Standard, The Times
'Deliciously comical.' Evening Standard
'Julie Walters's sense of comic timing is remarkable, a performance that mingles humour with great pathos.' Daily Express
'Helen McCrory is fiercely good.'Daily Mail
'Howard Davies coaxes remarkably sensitive performances from a glittering cast.' Daily Express
'I was purring in tickled contentment because the fine-tuned cast was so functionally dysfunctional...Helen McCrory and Rory Kinnear, two of the finest actors of their generation!' The New York Times