Set in turn-of-the century Zurich and Vienna, The Talking Cure is described as "an intimate picture of the birth of psychoanalysis and of two intense and inextricably interwoven relationships." Ralph Fiennes starred as Carl Jung in the London premiere of the play, which concerns Jung's relationships with both Sigmund Freud and Sabina Spielrein, the latter a young Russian hysteric with whom Jung falls in love. A playwright, screenwriter and translator, Christopher Hampton's many plays and adaptations include Tales from Hollywood, The Philanthropist, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Art, Life x 3 as well as the book for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard. The Talking Cure will have its U.S. premiere in April 2004 at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum.
The text of The Talking Cure is being published by Faber and Faber, Inc. The paperback is 88 pages in length and will retail for $13.