London's Menier Chocolate Factory to Revive David Auburn's Proof

By Mark Shenton
14 Jan 2013

London's Menier Chocolate Factory will revive David Auburn's Proof, beginning performances March 13 prior to an official opening March 20 for a run through April 27.



Previously seen in London when the Donmar Warehouse produced its U.K. premiere in 2002 in a production that featured Gwyneth Paltrow, it premiered on Broadway in 2000, where it won the 2001 Tony Award for Best Play. It also won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The Menier's new production will be directed by Polly Findlay, who last year directed Antigone at the National Theatre and A Taste of Honey at Sheffield Theatres.

Casting is still to be announced. In the play, "Catherine has cared for her father Robert, a renowned mathematician, through his mental illness for the past five years. His ex-student, Hal, discovers a ground-breaking proof in Robert’s office but the question is posed: who is the real author of this brilliant work? Catherine struggles to solve this as well the most perplexing problem of all: how much of her father's madness – or genius – has she inherited?"

The production will be designed by Helen Goddard, with lighting by Paul Anderson.

Tickets are now on sale to Menier Chocolate Factory priority bookers, and to the general public from Jan. 23. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7378 1713, or visit www.menierchocolatefactory.com for more details.