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Two Ladies: rehearsal photos and playwright insights

6 September 2019 07:15

The world premiere of Two Ladies at London’s Bridge Theatre, starring Zoë and Zrinka Cvitešic, is now just over a week away. The play, which explores the relationship between the political and personal, will have its first preview on 14 September, with the opening night around a week and a half later, on the 25th.

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Thrilled to reveal the full cast of Two Ladies. Joining the previously announced Zo\u00eb Wanamaker and Zrinka Cvite\u0161i\u0107 will be Lorna Brown, Raghad Chaar and Yoli Fuller. We can\u0026#39;t wait to welcome them all to The Bridge in the coming months! . . . . . #BridgeTheatre #zoewanamaker #CastAnnouncement #Announcement #Cast #TwoLadies #NewPlay #NancyHarris #Playwright #NewWriting #LondonBridge #TowerBridge

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As these new photos show, the cast (which also includes Lorna Brown, Raghad Chaar and Yoli Fuller) are well into rehearsals, which began in mid-August.

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A Tuesday treat for you! So excited to share these shots from the Two Ladies rehearsals, taken by Helen Maybanks. The first performance is under two weeks away, who has their tickets? . . . . . #TwoLadies #NancyHarris #ZoeWanamaker #ZrinkaCvite\u0161i\u0107 #ZrinkaCvitesic #NewPlay #NewWriting #WhatsOnLondon #LondonTheatre #BridgeTheatre #TheBridgeTheatre

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First look rehearsal images have been released for Two Ladies at The Bridge Theatre. @_bridgetheatre #Theatre #TheatreWeekly #LondonTheatre #bridgetheatre #nicholashynter #twoladies #zoewannamaker #zrinka cvite\u0161i\u0107

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The Bridge has also given us a peek at Anna Fleischle’s model of her set design.

‘Keep your enemies close, and your wives closer’: that’s Two Ladies’ compelling tagline. Zoë and Zrinka Cvitešic portray Hélčne and Sophia, respectively. They’re the (fictional) First Ladies of France and the US, and they’re in the middle of an international crisis. Who can they trust? Can their husbands trust them?

Two Ladies’ writer, Nancy Harris, discusses her inspiration for the play in an insightful article published by the Guardian. Watching the real French and American First Ladies at the 2017 Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, Harris wondered, ‘what’s it like to be in such close proximity to power but not – in the direct sense at least – to have power yourself?’ As she points out, ‘the balance of world power is overwhelmingly in the hands of men’. Where does that leave the wives of world leaders? What’s their role? How much influence do they exert? Is there a personal price to pay for supporting their husbands’ political ambitions?

‘The play presents an alternative reality involving a heightened global crisis,’ Harris explains. She adds: ‘The two ladies in question are fictional characters, but admittedly share similarities with certain real-life ones. Wanamaker plays the English wife of a fictional French president, while Cvitešic plays the Croatian wife of a fictional American one. Both bring their considerable theatrical abilities and cultural backgrounds to roles that present two first ladies in a high-stakes situation.’

Two Ladies sounds fascinating, doesn’t it? In fact, it’s been named by both the Evening Standard and Tatler (which praises ‘the renowned Zoë Wanamaker’) as one of the best shows to see in London.

Zoë will make her Bridge Theatre debut in this production. She’s worked with its director, Nicholas Hytner, very successfully before, perhaps most notably for the National Theatre’s revival of Much Ado About Nothing in 2007-8.

You can get your tickets for Two Ladies from The Bridge Theatre’s website. Performances are scheduled until 26 October, and the play runs for just under two hours. As there’s no interval, Two Ladies will probably be a pretty intense show.

Enjoy! And if you get the chance, please drop me a line or send me a tweet about what you think of it.

With thanks to Karoline for the link to the Guardian article.

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