‘Splendour’ is coming to Stantonbury!

We are delighted to tell you that we have been given the go ahead to produce the powerful and edgy all-female play, ‘Splendour’ by BAFTA award-winning writer, Abi Morgan.

Splendour premiered at The Edinburgh Festival in 2000 to great acclaim, receiving its long-awaited debut in London five years later. 

Between that first performance in Scotland to now, the playwright and screen writer continued to create superb and successful productions including: ‘The Iron Lady’ - Margaret Thatcher’s biographical drama film in 2011, which earned her a BAFTA Award nomination for best Original Screenplay; the continuing drama series ‘The Hour’ for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2013 and more recently, the BBC1 TV legal drama ‘The Split, starring Nicola Walker and Deborah Findlay.

We are extremely excited and proud to be able to bring another strong and intriguing drama such as ‘Splendour’ to Milton Keynes. 

We will be performing at Stantonbury Theatre from 17 – 19th October at 7.30pm.

The shows synopsis: 

Against a background of a bloody revolution, four women are waiting at a presidential residence for a dictator to arrive for a photo shoot by a renowned international photo-journalist, Kathryn. Everyone is affecting friendship and calm, but as the story unravels all is not as it seems. Will the dictator ever arrive? Will any one of them walk away alive?  

It gradually becomes clear that he has fled, leaving his Prada-wearing wife, Micheleine, to entertain the guest. She does so with the aid of Gilma, a greasy-lipped, kleptomaniac interpreter. As the avenging crowd gets closer - hungry for blood - Micheleine offers Kathryn a somewhat different photo opportunity. Not the shot of the heroic dictator, but the 'before and after' of his kitten-heeledwife. After all, as Kathryn has realised, behind every great man…

How can she refuse?

Inevitably, Micheleine, with her love of chic shoes and handbags, brings to mind Imelda Marcos. At other times the wintry climate makes one think of the Romanian Elena Ceausescu, shot on Christmas Day 1989. But Morgan is less concerned with historical reality than with the precariousness of all four women and the provisional nature of language.

Tickets to our production are £16.00 and £14.00 and are available now from Stantonbury Theatre’s website.

We will have more news and information about this performance and our very talented cast very soon. 

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