Directed by Stephen Unwin
Adapted by Simon Reade from Penelope Lively’s Booker Prize-winning novel
Running time: 2 hours including interval
Compelling, moving and eloquent, one of the great novels of the 20th century is brought to the stage for the first time.Winner of the 1987 Booker Prize, Penelope Lively's Moon Tiger is a haunting story of loss and desire.
Claudia Hampton is a popular historian, a strong,beautiful and difficult woman. Now in her seventies, she is plotting her greatest work – a history of the world. She looks back over her lifegrowing up between the wars and remembers the people who have shared its triumphs and tragedies. There is Gordon, her adored brother; Jasper, the charming, untrustworthy lover and father of her daughter, and Tom, her one great love, both found and lost during the El Alamein campaign when she worked as a war correspondent.Against a background of world events, Claudia’s own remarkable story provokes a sharp combination of sadness, shock and amusement.
Jane Asher is one of the UK’s most accomplished actresses. Her recent theatre credits include Pride and Prejudice at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Charley’s Aunt, The Importance of Being Earnest andFesten. Recent television includes Stephen Poliakoff's Dancing on the Edge, Holby City and The Old Guys and she stars in the 2013 film I Give it a Year.
Simon Reade’s plays include Pride and Prejudice, Salman Rushdie’s Midnight's Children and Ted Hughes's Tales from Ovid for the RSC and Michael Morpurgo's Private Peaceful.
Dame Penelope Lively is a prolific, popular and critically-acclaimed author of fiction for both children and adults.
"delicious moment of storytelling, and a brilliant translation of haunting novel to dramatic stage." Listomania Bath
"The play is full of interesting ideas all pouring forth as we look back on a life that is sometimes tragic, often absurd but always, in Jane Asher's hands, absolutely riveting" The Bath Chronicle
"Moon Tiger is a worthy addition to theatre history." Gloucestershire Echo
“ .. funny, thoughtful“ Mark Lawson, Independent
“ .. unexpectedly funny“ NY Times Book review
“ .. emotionally, Moon Tiger is a kaleidoscope, deeply satisfying” Sunday Telegraph
“A fine, intelligent piece of work, the kind that leaves its traces in the air long after you've put it away.” New York Times
"A complex tapestry of great subtlety" Daily Telegraph
Saturday 8 March, 2.30pm
Saturday 8 March, 2.30pm