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by  Ronald Harwood

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4m, 2f

"Evokes ripple upon ripple of laughter from its audience." - London Sunday Telegraph
"The most touching and sensitive love story of the season." - London Daily Mail

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 2f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Maggie Smith and Edward Fox triumphed in London's West End in this play about the eternal confrontation between East and West. Nadia is an old maidish Russian translator in the Foreign Office. She is therefore intimately involved in negotiations over the forthcoming visit of the Soviet President. The English translator for the Russians, Viktor, visits her flat to pick up a copy of a play to see if it is suitable fare for his leader; and we learn to our surprise that the two are ex lovers who once had a torrid affair in New York. Viktor claims he wants to defect and live with Nadia; and she must decide whether he is a devious manipulator trying to use their friendship to further his own political ends or whether he actually does love her.
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Reviews

"Ingenious, ironical." - London Guardian

"Wholly original, witty and literate." - Listener

"Evokes ripple upon ripple of laughter from its audience." - London Sunday Telegraph

"The most touching and sensitive love story of the season." - London Daily Mail

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Casting

4m, 2f
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Authors

Ronald Harwood

Ronald Harwood’s many plays include The Dresser, Taking Sides, Quartet, Mahler’s Conversion, An English Tragedy, Collaboration and Degenerate Art which premiered in Berlin in October 2015. His films include The Dresser (Academy Award Nomination for Best Screenplay), Taking Sides (XXIX Flaiano Film Festival Award for ...

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