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The Human Voice - Cocteau at his finest

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Booking from
Thursday, 17 March 2022

Booking until
Saturday, 9 April 2022

Running time
1 Hour 15 Minutes

Performance Times

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14:30 18:30 14:30
19:30 19:30 19:30 19:30 19:30 19:30

The Human Voice

What a combination. Take a handful of Jean Cocteau. Add a sprinkling of Ruth Wilson. What do you get? A fantastic new version of Cocteau's The Human Voice, probably one of the saddest monologues of all time and a play that has been produced numerous times on stage, in opera form, on vinyl record, and in the movies. Ruth Wilson is one of the UK's finest actors, with awards under her belt and an excellent reputation for wonderful work on TV. And Ivo Van Hove, who adapted this version and directs the show, has been Artist Director at Toneelgroep Amsterdam, now Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, since 2001.

The plot? A young woman has been with her lover for five years, and she adores him. When he calls one night she has the shock of her life. She's expecting their usual affectionate conversation but he tells her he's marrying someone else the next day. As the conversation carries on her heart shatters, bit by bit. It’s being billed as 'searing'. You'll leave the venue with a lot to think about, a fresh view of the human heart, feeling like you've just encountered real stage magic. It's on for just 31 performances from 17th March 2022, and your venue is the Harold Pinter Theatre.