DUET FOR ONE centres on the relationship between Stephanie Abrahams, a brilliant concert violinist who seemingly has it all, and her psychiatrist Dr Feldmann. Based on the life of world-renowned musician Jacqueline Du Pré, DUET FOR ONE premiered at the Bush Theatre in 1980 with Frances De La Tour and David de Keyser and had great success in subsequent West End and Broadway runs, including a major revival in 2009 starring Juliet Stephenson and Henry Goodman. The film adaptation of DUET FOR ONE, released in 1986, saw Julie Andrews nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actress.
The UK tour is directed by the award-winning Robin Lefevre, designed by Lez Brotherston and produced by Lee Dean and Daniel Schumann, in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
Originally produced at the Almeida and following an acclaimed run in London’s West End, this UK tour of Tom Kempinski’s multi award-winning play Duet for One tours the UK.
In this powerful and deeply moving play Stephanie Abrahams (Belinda Lang), a brilliant concert violinist who seemingly has it all, is forced to re-evaluate her life when struck down by an unforeseen tragedy.
Faced with a truth too difficult to comprehend she consults psychiatrist Dr Feldmann (Oliver Cotton) and through a series of highly charged encounters is led to examine her deepest emotions and finally to consider a future without music.
Q&A with Belinda Lang
Q: Which role have you most enjoyed in your career and which role would you really love to play?
Belinda: I always like the one I’m currently doing best – and the role I’d like to have is the next one, whatever that may be.
Q: You are currently performing in Duet For One – what is at the heart of the story?
Belinda: It’s an exploration of the process of getting an unhappy woman to open up.
Q: Can you tell us about your character Stephanie Abrahams?
Belinda: She’s a famous violinist who can no longer play, as she has multiple sclerosis
Q: How would you describe Dr Feldmann (Oliver Cotton)?
Belinda: A clever therapist with a big job on his hands.
Q: What do you hope the audience will take away with them?
Belinda: I hope they will be confirmed in the belief that people can help each other through even the blackest
Q: What next for you after Duet For One?
Two of British theatre’s finest actors rise to the challenge of portraying this duel between two razor-sharp minds and the wry humour that underlines their relationship. Tom Kempinski’s dazzling play emerges as a gripping, poignantly funny and ultimately life-enhancing tribute to the human spirit.
Belinda Lang is best known for playing Bill in 2 Point 4 Children. Belinda has also appeared in many West End productions including Dead Funny, Hay Fever, What The Butler Saw, Things We do for Love, and national tours including Moira Buffini’s Gabriel, Alan Bennett’s Single Spies and Oklahoma!.
Oliver Cotton has played leading roles at the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and in London’s West End. His many TV appearances include: The Borgias; Poirot: Waking The Dead; Midsomer Murders and Sensitive Skin.
2017 TOUR SCHEDULE
22 September – 7 October Birmingham Repertory Theatre 0121 236 4455
9 – 14 October Cambridge Arts Theatre 01223 503333
23 – 28 October Richmond Theatre 08488 717651
30 October – 4 November Edinburgh King’s Theatre 0131 529 6000
6 – 11 November Malvern Festival Theatre 01684 892277
13 – 18 November Chichester Festival Theatre 01243 781312