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Reza Novel Hammerklavier Comes to London Stage

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Art author Yasmina Reza will soon be represented on the London stage again. The stage adaptation of the French author's award-winning semi-autobiographical novel Hammerklavier will receive its London premiere at the Jermyn Street Theatre for a limited four-week season from 30 August to 27 September 2003, prior to a planned off-Broadway transfer in early 2004.

Reza is well known to London audiences for Christopher Hampton's English-language translations of plays such as The Unexpected Man, Life x 3 (which is currently enjoying a stint on Broadway with John Turturro and Helen Hunt) and the multi award-winning comedy Art, which closed in the West End in January 2002 after a cast-juggling run of over six years.

Set in Paris, Hammerklavier outlines different incidents during a woman's life. The tale is, in part, a humorous memoir of Reza's late father, with whom she shared a love of a Beethoven sonata.

Hammerklavier has been adapted for the stage by Susie Lindeman and Mark Kilmurry, who also, respectively, star in and direct the production, which has previously been staged in Paris, Australia and at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival.

Opening tomorrow (8 July 2003) at Jerymn Street is a gay pride season of music and cabaret which includes the world premiere of Matthew Todd’s Blowing Whistles (pictured), directed by Stephen Henry (Corpus Christi, Another Country). The gay pride season continues to 2 August 2003.

- by Hannah Kennedy

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