A new play by Stephen Beresford
Monday, October 29th @ 7:30 PM
Julie Walters (Harry Potter, Billy Elliott, Mamma Mia!) plays Judy Haussman with Rory Kinnear (National’s Hamlet) and Helen McCrory (The Queen, Hugo) as her children in his eagerly-anticipated new play: a funny, touching and sometimes savage portrait of a family that’s losing its grip.
Anarchic, feisty but growing old, high society drop-out Judy Haussman remains in spirit with the Ashrams of the 1960s while holding court in her dilapidated Art Deco house on the Devon coast. After an operation, she’s joined by wayward offspring Nick and Libby, sharp-eyed granddaughter Summer, local doctor Peter, and Daniel, a troubled teenager who makes use of the family’s crumbling swimming pool. Together they share a few sweltering months in this chaotic world of all-day drinking, infatuations, long-held resentments, free love and failure.
One of Britain’s best-loved and most versatile actors, Julie Walters has won BAFTA, Golden Globe and Olivier Awards for her work. Her screen credits range from Educating Rita to celebrated work with Victoria Wood, from lead roles in the movies of Mamma Mia! and Harry Potter to portraying Mo Mowlam for Channel 4.
Rory Kinnear recently won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor for his performance as Hamlet at the National Theatre. Helen McCrory’s acclaimed work includes the films The Queen and, recently, Hugo.
Critical Praise for Last of Haussmans
“Julie Walters’s sense of comic timing is remarkable, a performance that mingles humour with great pathos.”
“I was purring in tickled contentment because the fine-tuned cast was so functionally dysfunctional…Helen McCrory and Rory Kinnear, two of the finest actors of their generation.”
-The New York Times
Other NT Live Productions
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
September 6th, 8th, and 10th
Timon of Athens
November 5th, 12th, and 19th
January 18th, 21st and February 11th