Dark times for master violinist

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A celebrated concert violinist faces a dark future when she is struck down by multiple sclerosis.

Duet For One leads the virtuoso musician, Stephanie Abrahams, through a series of sessions with her doctor as she is forced to come to terms with a future very different to the one she had imagined.

The story is influenced by Jacqueline du Pré, one of the world’s greatest cello players whose career was cut tragically short by the same illness.

Duet For One has always drawn a wealth of theatrical talent. The original production starred Olivier Award winner Frances de la Tour and in 2009 Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman took on the mantle.

Now two of the country’s finest theatrical talents, Olivier Award nominee Haydn Gwynne and William Gaunt, come together to star in Tom Kempinksi’s tense drama.

Gwynne’s numerous credits include Queen Elizabeth opposite Kevin Spacey’s Richard III in Sam Mendes’s acclaimed Old Vic production following a sell-out world tour.

She had previously starred on Broadway, recreating her role as the dance teacher from the original London Production of Billy Elliot The Musical and winning a Drama desk, Outer Critics circle and Theatre World Awards for Best Actress in a musical, as well as nominations for an Olivier Award and a Tony Award.

She was also nominated for an Olivier for her role in the West End Production of Cy Coleman and Larry Gelbart’s City Of Angels. 

Gaunt’s prolific career has seen him work with many of the country’s finest creative talents. His credits include the BBC’s Next of Kin with Penelope Keith, ITV’s Sergeant Cork and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

He has also performed in Henry IV Parts One and Two at the Globe Theatre and King Lear and The Seagull with the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as numerous productions for the National Theatre including Look Back in Anger and The Cherry Orchard with Vanessa and Corin Redgrave.

Duet For One will be showing at Cambridge Arts Theatre from Wednesday, September 19 to Saturday, September 22.

Performances will be at 7.45pm each evening with additional matinee shows at 2.30pm on the Thursday and Saturday. The play runs for two hours and 20 minutes including the interview.

Tickets cost from £15 to £27 plus a £2.50 booking fee.

To book yours call the box office on 01223 503333.