Kathleen Turner returns to the London stage in Bakersfield Mist

Kathleen Turner returns to the London stage in Bakersfield Mist

Updated On: May 1, 2018
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    Screen legend Kathleen Turner will return to the London stage in BAKERSFIELD MIST, opposite Olivier and Tony award-winner Ian McDiarmid.

    Polly Teale (After Mrs. Rochester) will direct this brand new production, inspired by true events, which asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic.

    Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender, has bought a painting for a few bucks from the thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she now thinks it’s a Jackson Pollock worth millions. In fact she’s certain it is. But when world-class art expert, Lionel Percy, flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he really has no idea what he is about to discover.

    Two-time Golden Globe winner Kathleen Turner is well-known for her screen and stage work. She was most recently seen on the West End in Edward Albee's critically acclaimed Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? which transferred from Broadway in 2006. Her theatre credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Indiscretions and The Graduate. Turner has also starred in the films Body Heat, Romancing The Stone, The Jewel of the Nile, Prizzi's Honor, Peggy Sue Got Married, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, The War of the Roses and The Virgin Suicides. On television she's appeared in the series Friends and Californication.

    Ian McDiarmid is best recognised for his role as The Emperor/ Senator Palpatine in the Star Wars film saga. He boasts extensive theatre credits, such as John Gabriel Borkman (Donmar Warehouse), Insignificance (Royal Court) for which he won the Olivier for Best Actor, as well as a number of productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company including Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice, Henry V and Life of Galileo.

    From 1990 until 2001 McDiarmid, with Jonathan Kent, served as the artistic directors of London's Almeida Theatre, for which they won the 1998 Special Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Achievement. McDiarmid was named Best Featured Actor in a Play at the 2006 Tony Awards for his Broadway debut in Brian Friel's Faith Healer alongside Ralph Fiennes and Cherry Jones.

    Written by award-winning director and playwright Stephen Sachs, BAKERSFIELD MIST won the 2012 Elliot Norton Award for Best New Play, was named as one of the ‘Best Plays of 2012’ by Smith & Kraus.

    BAKERSFIELD MIST will be playing at the Duchess Theatre from 10 May. Tickets on sale soon!