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The Retreat from Moscow - Full Length Play

The Retreat from Moscow

William Nicholson

Full Length Play

2m, 1f

ISBN: 9780822219880

Edward and Alice have been married for thirty-three years. Their thirt…

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Edward and Alice have been married for thirty-three years. Their thirty-year-old son, Jamie, visits them for the weekend, to find that this is the Sunday his father has picked to leave his mother for another woman. Jamie, unable to change his father's mind, watches helplessly as his parents' marriage crumbles, and his mother is overwhelmed with bewilderment and pain. This is a play without villains—both Edward and Alice are good people trying to do their best—but the damage done by Edward's departure is devastating. Jamie, caught in the middle, tries to help and can't, and slowly realizes that he's not an impartial witness but one of the combatants. His struggle is to understand both his parents and, like them, to survive the emotional hurricane that has ripped through their lives.
"Riveting…subtle and powerful, [with] marvelous emotional complexity." —The New Yorker. "A tense family drama…spare, emotionally brutal." —Time Out NY. "A truly devastating piece of theater." —NY Daily News. "The best new play in twenty years…This perfectly written masterwork shimmers with delicacy and precision." —Journal News.


2m, 1f


William Nicholson

William Nicholson was born in 1948, and grew up in Sussex and Gloucestershire. He joined BBC Television, where he worked as a documentary film maker. His plays for television include Shadowlands and Life Story, both of which won the BAFTA Best Television Drama award in their year; other award-winners were Sweet As You Are and The March. In 1988 he received the Royal Television Society’s Writer’s ... view full profile

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