We are thrilled to welcome back the wonderful Julie Hesmondhalgh to our stage in January where she will take on the lead role of Vivian Bearing in Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play WIT.
This startling play follows Vivian, a celebrated professor of metaphysical poetry, as she battles the aggressive treatment she has agreed to undergo to fight an equally hard-hitting illness. We caught up with Julie as she is preparing for this sharply funny and incredibly moving play.
Julie said ‘at its most simple Wit it’s about life, love, sickness and death, something we can all relate to. But it’s so much more intricate than that, for me it is a play that is full of grace and redemption, we meet Vivian at perhaps the lowest point in her life and over the course of the play we watch her learn that it is never too late to live your life to the full.’
‘Vivian is a fighter, she is proud and stubborn, you could even describe her as vain, not physically, but she is incredibly intelligent and it is this intellect that drives her. At the beginning of her illness I think she believes she can outwit the disease. She believes that her work has made her immortal but I think the realization that she, like everyone, is just flesh and bone is uncovered in this play. It’s such a rich play, I can’t wait to get into the rehearsal room and get started.’
Joining Julie will be...
WIT premieres in The Theatre from Thursday 21 January - Saturday 13 February 2016.
It runs for approx 1 hour and 40 minutes with no interval.
Standard Tickets from £16, Half Price Previews from £8.25 and Banquette tickets: £10
Book tickets via Box Office: 0161 833 9833 / online. More Information.