The Glass Piano

Fri 26 April – Sat 25 May 2019
World Premiere

by Alix Sobler
Directed by Max Key

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I do wish I had swallowed a cello.
Not only would the shape be more conducive to living, but the tenor is far more reflective of my inner life.

Welcome to the remarkable true story of the Princess Alexandra of Bavaria, a young lady of a most delicate nature.

Alexandra tiptoes carefully through the palace corridors, turning sideways through doorways. Can it really be true, as she claims, that she has swallowed an entire piano made of glass? One that might shatter inside her at the slightest disturbance? A sort of tinkle… tinkle… splat!

Her father King Ludwig can do nothing to help. But when a young man Lucien arrives at the palace, suddenly anything seems possible…

Laced with dry humour, The Glass Piano will transport you to the 19th century House of Wittelsbach, where four characters, trapped by their situations, are prevented from fulfilling their dreams of love.

This accomplished play is directed by Max Key, who received an Olivier nomination for It Is Easy To Be Dead at Trafalgar Studios, described by Michael Billington as a “beautifully orchestrated production” in a five-star review for The Guardian.

Princess Alexandra is played by Grace Molony – winner of Best Actress in a Play’ at the Stage Debut Awards 2017 for her role in The Country Girls at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Alix Sobler is a playwright and performer from New York, whose dark comedies and topical plays have performed across the US and Canada winning a number of accolades. Her play The Great Divide won the 2015 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition, and was a finalist in the 2015 Henley Rose Playwriting Competition for Women, and was produced at the Finborough Theatre in 2016 to great acclaim.

Music for The Glass Piano is composed by Gabriel Prokofiev (grandson of Sergei Prokofiev) and is performed live on stage by pianist Elizabeth Rossiter. The creative team is completed by set and lighting designer Declan Randell, costume designer Deborah Andrews, and award-winning sound designer Emma Laxton.

Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm (no performance on Mon 6 May)
Previews: Fri 26, Sat 27 & Mon 29 April, 7.30pm
Press night: Tue 30 April, 7pm

Previews: £20
All other performances: £25 / £30

Concessions: £5 off full price available Mon – Thur only for those in full-time education, in receipt of benefits, or aged 65+)

£15 Mondays available for under 30s, those in full-time education, or in receipt of benefits.

Schools £15 per student. One teacher goes free for every eight students.

Main auditorium

Image: Portrait of Alexandra Amalie of Bavaria by Joseph Karl Stieler from the Grand Ladies site.

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