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Janet Suzman to star in one-woman play at Manchester’s Home

Janet Suzman. Photo: Clare Park
Janet Suzman. Photo: Clare Park
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Janet Suzman will star in a revival of Martin Sherman’s one-woman play, Rose, in Manchester later this year.

This is the first UK revival of the play, which premiered at the National Theatre in 1999.

It is narrated by an 80-year-old woman as she looks back on her life in Eastern Europe, Nazi-occupied Poland, Palestine and America.

The production will be directed by Richard Beecham and will run at Home in Manchester. Beecham commented that the play “looks forward to our 21st century world in a frighteningly prescient way”.

He added: “Rose strikes me as a play for our times.”

Suzman, who began her career at the Royal Shakespeare Company and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1972, said: “This anarchic, agnostic tearaway got to me when I read Martin Sherman’s terrific play. Rose’s ironical self-awareness, her independence of spirit, her fierce instinct for survival is the story we all want to hear about the human spirit at its bravest. I salute Rose and her like.”

Writer Martin Sherman is known for his 1979 play Bent, which looks at the persecution of gay people in Nazi Germany. He also wrote the screenplay for the 2005 film Mrs Henderson Presents, starring Judi Dench.

Design is by Simon Kenny, lighting by Chris Davey and sound by Adrienne Quartly.

It runs from May 25 to June 10 with press night on May 31.

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