Broadway icon Stockard Channing returns to the London stage to star in a new production of Olivier Award winner Alexi Kaye Campbell’s celebrated dark comedy Apologia. The show is directed by the critically acclaimed Jamie Lloyd whose previous work includes Macbeth starring James McAvoy and Richard III with Martin Freeman in the titular role.
Campbell’s first play, The Pride, was greatly received by critics, earning him the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2008. Apologia’s debut in 2009 confirmed Campbell’s talent as a playwright and Lloyd’s production at Trafalgar Studios promises to be a riveting evening of black humour.
Stockard Channing, best known for playing the iconic role of Rizzo in the film version of 'Grease', is also an acclaimed Broadway and West End star. She has won one Tony Award and been nominated for six others and has most recently starred in It’s Only a Play on Broadway.
Joining Channing is Freema Agyeman, who played the role of Martha in ‘Doctor Who’, Olivier Award winner Desmond Barrit, Laura Carmichael (‘Downton Abbey’) and Joseph Millson (‘The Last Kingdom’).
Apologia, which means a formal written defence of one’s opinions or conduct, tells the story of a disastrous family reunion.
Kristin Miller (Stockard Channing) is a hot-headed matriarch and eminent art historian who has written a book about her life. However, this memoir fails to mention her sons, Peter and Simon, so when the men and their girlfriends arrive for dinner to celebrate Kristin’s birthday, the scene isn't exactly set for a night of pleasantries.
Over the course of this darkly funny evening, secrets emerge about the sacrifices Kristin has made and the price paid by those who she loves.
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(5mins) Head left on the main road Strand. Follow Trafalgar Square around onto Whitehall and the theatre’s on your right.