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Kathleen Turner©Simon Annand

Kathleen Turner stars in Stephen Sachs’ play

It’s only a two-hander, but when the hands belong to actors of the calibre and experience of Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid, why would you need any more?

Turner and McDiarmid star in the British premiere of a play by American writer Stephen Sachs that has to do with the identity of a painting. Turner plays Maude, an unemployed bar tender in her fifties who buys a painting she likes the look of at a thrift sale and takes it home to her Californian trailer park. But is it in fact a Jackson Pollock and consequently worth millions? Art expert Lionel Percy (McDiarmid) flies over from New York to examine it and give his verdict, bringing together two art lovers from completely alien worlds.

Based on a true story, the play explores what happens when people who would otherwise probably never meet find common ground and surprise one another and themselves. The painting soon ceases to be the real subject of the play. Polly Teale directs a production that sees Turner return to the West End for the first time after her performance as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 2006.

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