David Auburn’s acclaimed play Proof was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play when it was originally staged on Broadway. Now, a new production of this poignant, suspenseful and intriguing drama visits Bath exclusively appearing at the Theatre Royal from Monday 29th April to Saturday 4th May, direct from London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, starring Emma Cunniffe, Mariah Gale, Matthew Marsh and Jamie Parker.
“Highly recommended” – The Independent on Sunday (5 Stars)
Catherine has cared for her father Robert, a renowned mathematician, through his mental illness for the past five years. His ex-student, Hal, discovers a ground-breaking proof in Robert’s office but the question is posed: who is the real author of this brilliant work? Catherine struggles to solve this, and the most perplexing problem of all: how much of her father’s genius – or madness – has she inherited?
Emma Cunniffe plays the role of Claire, Catherine’s sister. Best known on television for her role as Emma Kavanagh in two series of BBC1’s The Lakes, her many screen credits also include Southcliffe, Doctor Who, Casualty, Clocking Off, New Tricks, and Cracker. On stage, she was nominated for a 2011 Whatsonstage Award for The Crucible at Regent’s Park and won a Barclays Theatre Award in 1999 for The Master Builder. Her recent theatre work also includes Conquest of the South Pole at the Arcola and Rose Theatre Kingston; Losing Louis at Hampstead Theatre and Trafalgar Studios, and The Entertainer at London’s Old Vic.
Mariah Gale appears as Catherine. She played Ophelia to David Tennant’s Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Company, a production which was also filmed for the BBC. Her theatre roles also include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the RSC; Olga in Three Sisters at the Young Vic; and Annabella in ’Tis Pity She’s A Whore at the Southwark Playhouse, winning First Prize in the Ian Charleson Awards, the Time Out Live Award for Best Newcomer, and the Critics’ Circle 2005 Award for Most Promising Newcomer. Her television work includes Channel 4’s Skins and Oliver Twist for the BBC.
Matthew Marsh plays the role of Robert. His numerous stage credits include the National Theatre’s original production of Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen, which also transferred to the West End; Blood and Gifts and The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre; and the West End production of Glengarry Glen Ross. This will be his fifth production at the Theatre Royal having previously toured to Bath in Conversations After A Burial in 2000, Copenhagen in 1998, Tolstoy in 1996 and Broken Glass in 1995. He played the role of Bob Hogan in the BBC1 series Spooks, and his extensive film and television credits also include Hidden, Luther, New Tricks, The Thick of It, Spy Game, The Iron Lady, Hawking, Chancer, Bad Company and An American Haunting.
Jamie Parker appears as Hal. He starred in the lead role in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s production of Henry V, which toured to the Theatre Royal Bath last May. Jamie was an original cast member in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys, playing the role of Scripps, at the National Theatre, on world tour and on Broadway, as well as in the film. His other theatre work includes The Revenger’s Tragedy at the National Theatre; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at Chichester and in the West End; and As You Like It and A New World at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. His television and film credits include, the BAFTA Award-nominated BBC2 series Parade’s End, The Hour, As If, Maxwell, Silent Witness, Wire in the Blood, Foyle’s War and Valkyrie.
Proof originally premiered off-Broadway in 2000 where it won three Tony Awards, including Best Play. It is also the winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The 2002 Donmar Warehouse production starred Gwyneth Paltrow, who also starred in the 2005 film version with Anthony Hopkins, adapted by the author.
Polly Findlay directs this new production of Proof, fresh from her plaudits for Antigone at the National Theatre and A Taste of Honey for Sheffield Theatres. Her credits include working as a staff director on the original 2007 production of War Horse at the National Theatre. In 2011, she directed Derren Brown’s West End hit Svengali, winner of the Best Entertainment and Family Award at the 2012 Olivier Awards.
PROOF appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 29th April to Saturday 4th May. Tickets are on sale at the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk