The production features Steven Crossley and Myriam Cyr reprising their roles as Soviet and U.S. nuclear arms negotiators, respectively. The play follows how the relationship between the two arms negotiators evolves as they stroll in the woods above Geneva, away from the glare of the negotiating table. But will this escape lead to a true breakthrough or just more posturing?
The production, directed by Nicolas Kent (artistic director of the Tricycle), features a woman playing the role of the U.S. negotiator. According to press materials, the director's decision to cast a woman in the role keeps the production topical, reflecting the more recent appointments of women such as Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Rodham Clinton to positions of diplomatic global power.
The play was previously seen in London at the West End's Comedy Theatre in 1988, when Sir Alec Guinness played Andrey Botvinnik in his final stage role.
Crossley last worked with Nicolas Kent in the critically acclaimed Guantanamo: Honor Bound To Defend Freedom when it opened in New York and San Francisco in 2004 and 2005, respectively. His other stage credits include Forgotten Voices at Riverside Studios, Measure for Measure at the National Theatre and The Vertical Hour on Broadway.
Cyr's London stage credits include the title role in Stephen Berkoff's production of Salome at the National Theatre, The Women at the Old Vic Theatre and Madame de Sade at the Almeida Theatre. As a writer, she has written "Letters of a Portuguese Nun," which has been translated into eight languages and which Cyr herself has performed on stage in London and New York. She is currently producing a film version of "Hedda Gabler" with her partners Maryam d’Abo and Christopher Hampton for their company Filmic Films, from Hampton's screen adaptation of the play. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7328 1000, or visit www.tricycle.co.uk.