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DAVID HOROVITCH as Yahuda and ANTONY SHER as Sigmund Freud in Hysteria Photo by Nobby Clark
DAVID HOROVITCH as Yahuda and ANTONY SHER as Sigmund Freud in Hysteria
Photo by Nobby Clark

ANTONY SHER, WILL KEEN, INDIRA VARMA and DAVID HOROVITCH star in Terry Johnson’s HYSTERIA as Bath’s Summer Season continues

Double Olivier Award-winner Antony Sher stars in a new production of Terry Johnson’s dazzlingly original comedy HYSTERIA until Saturday 18th August as part of the Theatre Royal Bath’s 2012 Summer Season. This new staging, directed by the prolific author and director Terry Johnson, also stars Will Keen (Silk, Titanic), David Horovitch (102 Dalmations, Young Victoria, Miss Marple) and Indira Varma (Silk, Rome, Luther) who hails from Bath.

Set in the late 1930s, the action unfolds in a Hampstead suburb where 82-year old Sigmund Freud is planning to spend the rest of his life in peace after fleeing Nazi-occupied Austria.  But when surrealist painter Salvador Dali turns up unexpectedly in his study, along with a young woman who finds it impossible to keep her clothes on, all hell breaks loose.

WILL KEEN as Salvador Dali and INDIRA VARMA as Jessica in Hysteria
Photo by Nobby Clark

Bringing together two of the world’s greatest and most eccentric minds, this multi-award winning comedy is part broad farce and part case-history.  Written in 1993, Terry Johnson’s Hysteria won the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Play in the West End in 1994.

One of the leading actors of his generation, Antony Sher stars as Sigmund Freud.  Knighted for his services to acting and writing, his many roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company – where he is an Associate Artist – include his Olivier Award-winning performance in Richard III.  He also won an Olivier Award for Best Actor for his role in Stanley at the National Theatre, a production which transferred to Broadway.  His previous performances in Bath include the title role in the RSC’s production of Macbeth in 2000, Prospero in The Tempest in 2009, and the title role in Kean in 2007, prior to the West End. His many film and television credits include Churchill: the Hollywood Years, Shakespeare in Love, Mrs Brown, The History Man, The Jury, The Wind in the Willows and The Shadow Line.

Appearing as Salvador Dali, Will Keen returns to Bath after playing lead roles in The Peter Hall Company’s 2004 productions of Don Juan and Man and Superman. His recent stage work includes Macbeth and The Changeling for Cheek by Jowl, and productions at London’s Almeida, Royal Court, Donmar Warehouse, National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe. He also starred in Terry Johnson’s West End production of Elton John’s Glasses. He recently played the roles of Michael Connolly in the BBC drama series Silk and Chief Officer Wilde in Julian Fellowes’ new adaptation of Titanic for ITV.  His television work also includes Casualty 1907, Garrow’s Law, Foyle’s War, Elizabeth I, Murphy’s Law and New Tricks.

ANTONY SHER as Sigmund Freud, INDIRA VARMA as Jessica and WILL KEEN as Salvador Dali in Hysteria
Photo by Nobby Clark

Indira Varma, who appears as Jessica, was born and raised in Bath; this will be her first performance at the Theatre Royal.  Her many theatre credits include roles for the National Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Court. At the Almeida, she appeared in Celebration, directed by Harold Pinter, and went on to star alongside him in One for the Road in the West End, with both productions later appearing on Broadway. She is well known on television for her role this year as George Duggan in Silk.  In recent years she has worked with some of the best television directors in the UK and the United States, performing in the HBO series Rome; The Sea Captain’s Tale for the BBC and The Whistleblowers for ITV; BBC2’s Moses Jones; and the award-winning series Luther, where she played Zoe Luther. She also performed in the Emmy-nominated US series Human Target and has recently filmed Hunted, which will be seen on HBO and BBC later in the year.

David Horovitch plays the role of Yahuda. During his distinguished career he has performed with the National Theatre, the RSC, the Donmar and in the West End. He returns to the Theatre Royal after last year starring in Mike Leigh’s new play, Grief, direct from its world premiere at the National Theatre. He has been seen on stage in Bath previously in Single Spies in 1990, Racing Demon in 1991, Copenhagen in 2001 and Losing Louis in 2006.  His many television and film roles include Dr Pavlov in Disney’s 102 Dalmatians, Inspector Slack in Miss Marple – The Mirror Crack’d, Matthew Pocket in Great Expectations, Mr Brown in Just William and Issac in Ivanhoe.

The cast is completed by Amalia Vitale, Sam Kordabecheh, Andreas Karras, Alex B, Bernie Barrett and Angela Plater.

Theatre Royal Bath’s Summer programme of three new productions opened with Sheridan’s The School for Scandal starring Nigel Harman, Maggie Steed, James Laurenson and Ian McNeice, which ran until Saturday 21st July. Following Terry Johnson’s Hysteria; the final show in the season will be Adrian Noble’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest starring Tim Pigott-Smith from Thursday 23rd August to Saturday 8th September.

HYSTERIA appears at the Theatre Royal Bath until Saturday 18th August. Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk