July 12th - July 17th
Theatre Royal Bath productions presents
JONATHAN SLINGER and ROSIE SHEEHY in
by David Mamet
Directed by Lucy Bailey
When David Mamet’s Oleanna opened nearly thirty years ago, it caused uproar amongst audiences from New York to London. Writing in the Guardian, Michael Billington stated that it “enflamed passions and divided partners.”
Set on an American campus, a seemingly innocuous conversation between a college professor and his female student warps into a nightmare which threatens to destroy them both, when she files a claim of sexual harassment against him. With its take on the corrosive excesses of political correctness and exploration of the use and abuse of language, this is the ultimate drama of pupil power and student revenge.
Addressing issues which are strikingly current, this is a fascinating opportunity to see this landmark play from the perspective of our #MeToo era, following its success in the Ustinov Studio at the end of last year.
Jonathan Slinger is one of the leading Shakespearean actors of his generation whose remarkable number of leading roles for the RSC includes Hamlet, Macbeth, Prospero and Malvolio. He starred in Plastic in the Ustinov Studio and in the West End transfer of Trouble in Mind.
Rosie Sheehy‘s credits include the title role in King John for the RSC; The Whale in the Ustinov Studio and Uncle Vanya, for which she won the Best Female Performance in the English Language at the Wales Theatre Awards 2018.
David Mamet is one of the most distinctive voices in stage and film writing today. His multi award-winning plays include Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow and American Buffalo.
★★★★★ “A brilliant revival of a masterpiece… this is theatre at its most riveting, sensationally performed by its actors” Guardian
★★★★★ “Mamet’s masterpiece… theatre is seldom this riveting or timely” Sunday Times
★★★★★ “Rosie Sheehy… this year’s stand out performance” Metro
★★★★ “Oleanna looks like the show of the year… Jonathan Slinger is magnificent” Daily Telegraph
Production photos by Nobby Clark
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