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Penelope Wilton and Ophelia Lovibond confirmed for David Hare's The Bay at Nice at Menier Chocolate Factory

Richard Eyre will direct the revival

Penelope Wilton and Ophelia Lovibond
Penelope Wilton and Ophelia Lovibond
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Penelope Wilton is to star alongside Ophelia Lovibond, David Rintoul and Martin Hutson in a new revival of David Hare's The Bay at Nice.

Richard Eyre will direct the production, which will open at the Menier Chocolate Factory on 19 March, with previews from 14 March, and will run until 4 May.

The Bay at Nice is set in Leningrad in 1956 where Valentina Nrovka must offer her opinion at the Hermitage on the authenticity of a Matisse painting, where her daughter – also an artist – meets her there. It is the first London revival of Hare's work since it opened at the National Theatre in 1986. It focuses on a mother and daughter's fight for personal ideals and responsibilities.

Wilton's previous stage work includes Taken at Midnight (Chichester Festival Theatre), A Delicate Balance and Heartbreak House (Almeida Theatre). She has won an Olivier Award, and an Evening Standard Award and starred in the long running TV series Downton Abbey. Her films include The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The History Boys.

Lovibond has starred most recently in Nightfall at the Bridge Theatre as well as The Libertine at Theatre Royal Haymarket. Rintoul's credits include Much Ado About Nothing at Rose Theatre Kingston, Hamlet at the Almeida and Nell Gwynn at Shakespeare's Globe. Hutson has starred in Titus Andronicus and Julius Caesar at the RSC and The Master Builder at the Old Vic.

Pubic booking opens for the revival at 9am 28 January.