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In Leningrad in 1956, Valentina Nrovka has been invited to the Hermitage to offer her opinion on the authenticity of a Matisse painting, as she knew the great artist personally. Her daughter Sophia, also a painter, meets her there to seek her mother’s help, both financially and politically. This first London revival of David Hare’s play since its premier at the National Theatre in 1986 explores a mother and daughter’s fight for personal ideals and domestic responsibilities, as well as the choices made both in life and art.


Martin Hutson's recent theatre credits include Titus Andronicus and  Julius Caesa r (RSC) andThe Master Builder (Old Vic Theatre). His film credits include Atonement and The Passion. His television credits include TutankhamunThe Honourable Woman and A Very British Sex Scandal.

Ophelia  Lovibond’s theatre credits include Nightfall (The Bridge) and The Libertine (Theatre Royal Haymarket).  Her television credits include Elementary, W1A, Inside Number 9 and Mr Sloane.
David  Rintoul’s recent theatre credits include Much Ado about Nothing (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Hamlet (Almeida/Harold Pinter) and Nell Gwynne (Shakespeare’s Globe/The Apollo).  His television credits include The Crown, Games of Thrones and the title role in Dr Finlay.  His film credits include The Iron Lady and My Week with Marilyn.
Penelope Wilton  has appeared in two other plays by David Hare: The Great Exhibition and The Secret Rapture (as well as the film version). Recent theatre credits include Taken at Midnight (Chichester/Theatre Royal Haymarket – Olivier Award for Best Actress), The Chalk Garden (Donmar – Evening Standard Award for Best Actress) and A Delicate Balance (Almeida).  Her films include The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (original and sequel), Calendar Girls and Shaun of the Dead.  Her television roles include Isobel Crawley in Downton Abbey and Harriet Jones in Dr Who.



Tuesday - Saturday 8pm
Saturday & Sunday 3:30pm




14th March - 4th May


Tuesday - Saturday 8pm
Saturday & Sunday 3:30pm

Running time

Approximately 75 minutes with no interval


Martin Hutson

Ophelia Lovibond

David Rintoul

Penelope Wilton


Written by
David Hare

Richard Eyre

Set & Costume Design
Fotini Dimou

Lighting Design
Paul Pyant

Sound Design

Gregory Clarke