Hollywood star Kathleen Turner returns to West End

Bakersfield Mist

Hollywood film star Kathleen Turner returns to the London stage next month in Stephen Sachs‘ drama Bakersfield Mist.

She plays Maude, a down-on-her-luck bartender, and stars alongside Olivier and Tony Award-winner Ian McDiarmid and will be directed by Polly Teale.

Bakersfield Mist opens at the Duchess Theatre on May 27, with previews from May 10.

Inspired by true events Sachs asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic.

Bakersfield Mist marks the return to the London stage of multi award-winner Kathleen Turner for the first time since her tour-de-force performance in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of
Virginia Woolf?

Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender, has bought a painting for a few bucks from the thrift store.

Despite almost trashing it, she now thinks it’s a Jackson Pollock worth millions. In fact she’s certain it is.

But when world-class art expert, Lionel Percy, flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he really has no idea what he is about to discover.

Said Turner: “The shock and humour of diametrically opposed cultures with the transformative power of art – pure joy.”

Ian McDiarmid adds: “I liked the idea and comic potential of two passionately opinionated cultural opposites engaged in a life-changing battle for the soul of a great painter.”

Nica Burns, producer, said: “The chemistry between these two great stage actors is thrilling.

“It has been eight years since Kathleen stunned London audiences with her extraordinary award winning performance in Who’s
Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

“This is a fantastic role for her return to the London stage.”

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