Michael WynneTHE PRIORY
Large hallA spooky comedy
Premiere - 17th December, 2022
Duration - 2h 30min
"The author of the play calls this work a “serious comedy”, and the director has taken note of that when creating the production. (...) Those who sometimes feel bothered by the word “comedy” might be pleasantly surprised by this play."
Māra Beķere, "Kroders.lv" 29.12.2022.
"Having fun with genres this time, I think, has resulted in a paradoxical production. I would like to believe that most spectators will leave the theatre feeling that their evening was spent well."
Zane Radzobe, "IR" 05.01.2023.
"The success of this show rests on its actors. Each one of them manages to create a well-rounded, recognisable character. All of the actors are finely attuned to the line that gets crossed in the second act when the masks slip, the insecurities and anxieties of the characters are revealed."
Henrieta Verhoustinska, "Kultūras Diena" 05.01.2023.
ABOUT THE PLAY
Five friends and a beautician they met the night before gather in an abandoned manor to celebrate the New Year together. The manor house has been beautifully renovated and designed as a kind of a retreat for those for whom the daily noise and fuss has become too much. The once inseparable friends haven't seen each other for a long time. They all try to keep up appearances although life has presented each of them with challenges.
Writer Kate has recently divorced her husband, architect Daniel is at the peak of his career but still looking for love online. Ben met Laura just the night before and has brought her to the party and is presenting her as his fiancee. Carl is an actor best known for a coffee commercial, married to a BAFTA award winning actress Rebecca; now the couple's life revolves only around their two children.
Celebrating and drinking together brings to the surface everyone's true aspirations that might have been pushed aside. Although preoccupied with their own experiences, they will discover a ghost dwelling in the abandoned country house.
The success of “The Priory” started back in 2008 at the Royal Court Theatre, and its productions make people all around the world laugh to this day. Wynne’s play won the 2010 Olivier Award for Best Comedy.