Jane Asher as Dorothy and Richard Cordery as Edward in the world premiere of 'Farewell to the Theatre' play, runned at The Rose Theatre, Kingston, Britain from Friday September 30th to Sunday October 30th 2011.
A famous actress decides that the time has come to retire. Margaret (Jane Asher), the grande dame du theatre, in Granville-Barker's play, comes to consult her solicitor and friend Edward (a gentle, injured giant of unrequited devotion in Richard Cordery's lovely performance). She talks to her lawyer about her reasons. And they remember the missed opportunities of the past, and contemplate the realities of the future.
This extraordinarily beautiful one-act play was written at the height of the First World War and coincided with Granville Barker's own disillusionment with the possibility for a progressive theatre in Britain. But it's also a plea for the enduring value of theatre, especially one which speaks the truth. Granville Barker is recognised as one of the greatest playwrights of the last hundred years.
Photo 1) http://cargocollective.com/hayleygittins
Photo 2) http://rose.dp.tincan.co.uk/rose-productions/farewell-theatre
Photo 3) http://oughttobeclowns.blogspot.com.es/2011/10/review-farewell-to-theatre-rose.html
Photo 4) Time Out.
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