National Theatre Live: The Last of the Haussmans
a new play by Stephen Beresford
5 STARS Sunday Telegraph
4 STARS 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
Broadcast live to cinemas around the world on 11 October and varying dates internationally. Tickets will be on sale soon, sign up for email updates to be kept up to date with the latest news and information.
Julie Walters plays Judy Haussman with Rory Kinnear and Helen McCrory as her children in his eagerly-anticipated new play: a funny, touching and sometimes savage portrait of a family that's losing its grip.
My baby's home! Let's wake 'em up! The old rebels, eh? Let's show this younger generation what it's all about! Shall we get naked?
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.
The only thing to be in life is a rebel.
One of Britain's best-loved and most versatile actors, Julie Walters has won BAFTA, Golden Globe and Olivier Awards for her work. Her screen credits range from Educating Rita to celebrated work with Victoria Wood, from lead roles in the movies of Mamma Mia! and Harry Potter to portraying Mo Mowlam for Channel 4.
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.
Photo (Helen McCrory, Julie Walters, Rory Kinnear) by Phil Fisk.
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