Joe Harmston to direct revival of The Rubenstein Kiss at Southwark Playhouse

A revival of James Phillips’ explosive drama, The Rubenstein Kiss, is set for the Southwark Playhouse next March with Joe Harmston directing.

The multi-award-winning play comes from Devil You Know Theatre Company and it is the first London production since 2005.

James Phillips said: “I’m incredibly excited to see Joe Harmston’s new production of The Rubenstein Kiss.

“Our current, dangerous, fraught political moment – where so many are trying again to test the limits of political idealism, where we read daily of Russian agents in this country and in the United States – seems a perfect time to revive the play.”

The Rubenstein Kiss is the story of the Rubensteins, a deeply devoted Jewish couple, whose Communist idealism leads to their world being torn apart by suspicion and treachery which then echoes through the generations.

Phillips’s explosive and affecting drama, inspired by the haunting true story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were executed in 1953 for allegedly providing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, is the study of conspiracy, betrayal, and guilt.

The play was originally staged in 2005 at Hampstead Theatre starring Gary Kemp and Samantha Bond, winning the John Whiting Award and the TMA Award for Best New Play.

The Rubenstein Kiss plays at the Southwark Playhouse from March 14 – April 13.

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