F. Murray Abraham, the Oscar-winning star of the 1983 film version of Amadeus, is to star in the U.K. premiere of Daniel Kehlmann's The Mentor, beginning performances April 6, 2017, at Bath's Ustinov Studio prior to an official opening April 13, for a run through May 6.
Directed by Laurence Boswell, who is artistic director of the Ustinov, it is being presented as part of a spring German season, which will also showcase Marius von Mayenbrg's Plastic, beginning performances February 23 prior to an official opening March 1, for a run through March 25.
The Mentor is translated by Christopher Hampton, and marks the first time that one of Daniel Kehlmann's plays has been performed outside Germany. His novel Measuring the World sold three million copies in Germany alone and has been translated into more than 40 languages.
In the play, Benjamin Rubin is a cantankerous old writer, whiskey aficionado and pedant, still basking in the reflected glory of long-ago success. Martin Wegner is a rising young literary star, heralded as "the voice of his generation" but plagued by self-doubt. When Martin is given the opportunity to develop his new play under the mentorship of his idol, the two writers meet, accompanied by Martin’s brilliant wife Gina, and hosted by Erwin, the administrator of the prestigious arts fund that has thrown them together. In a dilapidated art nouveau villa, somewhere in the German countryside, two egos are set on a collision course in a comedy about art and artists and the legacy of fame.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 01225 448844 or visit theatreroyal.org.uk/ustinov.