The Testament of Mary

by Colm Tóibín

1 - 25 May 2014 / 19:45, 15:00

£16–35 plus booking fee*

Preview performances 1–6 May
£2 off top price seats (normally £35 and £25)

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'One of the most versatile and commanding stage actresses in the English-speaking world' (Los Angeles Times), Fiona Shaw portrays the Virgin Mary as a mother struggling with the loss of a son. More familiar to us through images than words, Mary is given a powerful voice, her story becoming a bold and subversive dramatic tour de force.

Adapted from Colm Tóibín's Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel, the Tony Award-nominated production reunites director Deborah Warner, a Barbican Artistic Associate, with longtime collaborator Shaw, furthering 'one of the most richly creative partnerships in theatrical history' (Daily Telegraph).

The Testament of Mary receives its only UK performances, having mesmerised critics and audiences on Broadway.

'You’ve never seen anything like it. A hugely imaginative work. Fiona Shaw gives a soul-baring performance. She is matchless' Variety

1 hour 20 mins/no interval

Age guidance 14+ (contains nudity)

3 May
Post-show talk: Deborah Warner and Fiona Shaw in conversation with Anne Robinson
Free to same-day ticket holders

8 May
Post-show talk: Colm Tóibín in conversation with Sameer Rahim

Free to same-day ticket holders

17 & 18 May
Weekend Lab: Deborah Warner
A unique opportunity to hear from award winning director and Barbican associate Deborah Warner. 

21 May
Post-show talk: Deborah Warner and Fiona Shaw in conversation with Rupert Christiansen
Free to same-day ticket holders

21 May
Audio-described performance

22 May
Captioned performance

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Directed by Deborah Warner
Performed by Fiona Shaw
Set design by Tom Pye
Costumes by Ann Roth
Lighting by Jennifer Tipton 
Music and sound design by Mel Mercier

Part of Theatre & Dance

Produced by the Barbican

Original Broadway production co-produced by Scott Rudin, Stuart Thompson, John B. Platt, Roger Berlind, Broadway Across America, Scott M. Delman, Jean Doumanian, Roy Furman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Sonia Friedman Productions, Tulchin/Bartner Productions, The Araca Group, Heni Koenigsberg, Daryl Roth, Eli Bush

Image: Brigitte Lacombe

Note: The Testament of Mary contains a live vulture.


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