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The Pianist of Willesden Lane – extra performance added

The Pianist of Willeseden LaneAn additional performance, on Wednesday 24 February at 2.30pm, has been added to the otherwise sold-out run of The Pianist of Willesden Lane to meet the overwhelming demand for tickets. The play with live piano music, which opened earlier this month to critical acclaim, must finish on Saturday 27 February. HERSHEY FELDER PRESENTS with Samantha F Voxakis, Karen Racanelli and Tom Wirtshafter

Director/Adaptor Hershey Felder has done a fantastic job at distilling the original book down to a ninety minute show without losing anything on the way. The story is told is a factual way – I was amazed at how calmly Mona spoke of her mother’s time in Vienna – that gives the facts, allowing the audience to get to know and, more importantly grow to love Lisa. By the end of his remarkable tale, there were quite a few sniffles going on – yes, me included.
Extract from Terry Eastham’s Review

Adapted and directed by Hershey Felder | Performed by Mona Golabek | Design by Hershey Felder and Trevor Hay | Lighting design by Christopher Rynne and Jason Bieber | Costume design by Jaclyn Maduff | Sound design by Erik Carstensen | Projection design by Andrew Wilder

Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen.

Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitz, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist who is dreaming about her concert debut at Vienna’s storied Musikverein concert hall. But with the issuing of new ordinances under the Nazi regime, everything for Lisa changes, except for her love of music and the pursuit of her dream – as she is torn from her family and set onto the Kindertransport to London.

Featuring some of the world’s most beloved piano music played live on a Steinway concert grand piano, The Pianist of Willesden Lane is performer Mona Golabek’s true family story. The UK premiere at the St. James Theatre follows critically acclaimed, sold out runs in New York, Chicago, Boston, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

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