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Discover the confrontation between personal freedom and parental responsibility, as a daughter and mother clash head-on in the world of art and politics. Relish a breathtaking play written by Sir David Hare and realized by 5-time Olivier Award winner Richard Eyre!

Why Watch The Bay at Nice

Written by the eminent English writer and playwright Sir David Hare, The Bay at Nice is being revived at West End. Nominated twice at the Academy Awards and thrice at the Golden Globes and Tony Award, he has consistently been ranked as one of the best screenwriters to have come from the United Kingdom. You will witness the daughter and mother clash, as they attempt to defend their personal beliefs regarding art and love. David Hare does what he does best, create a story illuminating the relationship politics of a lopsided duo. Richard Eyre’s direction brings this intriguing tale to life on the West End stage. As a specialist in imparting new life into old and forgotten plays, you are in for an exciting ride with Eyre’s take on The Bay at Nice.

The Story

The story is set in the year 1956 in an area called Leningrad, that is currently known as St. Petersburg. Valentina Nrovka, is an old acquaintance and student of Henri Matisse, a well known French artist. She is the only person in Soviet Russia who had some knowledge of the painter. As a result, she is invited by the assistant curator of the Leningrad Stage Hermitage Art Museum to evaluate a painting of a bay that might have been at the hands of Matisse. Valentina was forced to return to Russia to raise her daughter, Sophia. More than 2 decades later, Sophia goes on to marry a bureaucrat and leads a luxurious lifestyle. Sophia, however, is quite unhappy with her marriage. Valentina, on the other hand, urges Sophia to accept her duties and stay with her husband. Follow the lives of this mother and daughter duo, as they clash over differing opinions.

Good For

Fans of David Hare | Lovers of Dramas

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Show Details

Show Timings

Mon - Sat 8:00 PM
Sat 3:30 PM

Duration
1 Hour 30 Minutes

Leading Roles
Ophelia Lovibond
Martin Hutson
Penelope Wilton
David Rintoul

Directed by
Richard Eyre

Additional Information

Audience
TBC

Available Facilities
In-house bar

Seating
The Menier Chocolate Factory has a seating capacity of 222.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in West End.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.

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Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London

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