Niamh Cusack plays philosophy professor Judith and Patrick Baladi is police officer Thomas in Christmas Eve, a thrilling new play from multi-award winning writer Daniel Kehlmann that opens in the Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath later this month.
Directed by Laurence Boswell and translated by Christopher Hampton the production opens, in preview, next Thursday and runs until November 18.
It is Christmas Eve, 2017.
A philosophy professor is on her way to celebrate Christmas with her family when she is dragged out of her taxi, bundled into police headquarters and now sits in an interrogation room.
Opposite her the senior officer is cynical, smart and relentless.
The questioning begins.The police believe they have found incriminating evidence against her.
Is a terrorist attack imminent or is this a case of state paranoia? As the hands of the clock turn towards midnight, time is running out…
Played out in real time, this riveting thriller pits two powerful antagonists head to head. Both think they are saving their country.
Only one of them will win.
Niamh Cusack has recently been seen on screen in feature films including The Ghoul and Testament of Youth. Her TV credits include Rebellion (RTE / Netflix), The Best of Men (BBC) and The Hollow Crown (BBC).
Her extensive theatre work includes The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (National Theatre and West End), Playboy of the Western World, Cause Celebre and Dancing at Lughnasa (The Old Vic), The Enchantment, His Dark Materials (National Theatre) and Breathing Corpses (Royal Court).
Patrick Baladi is known for his television roles which include Neil Godwin in The Office, Stephen Holmes in Marcella, Michael Jackson in Stella and Jimmy Lakewell in Line of Duty.
Theatre credits include Loyalty (Hampstead Theatre), Albert Speer, Battle Royal (National Theatre) and Camino Real (RSC).
Christmas Eve is the first play in the Ustinov Studio’s season of International UK Premieres. It will be followed by Will Eno’s The Open House, directed by Michael Boyd, which will run from Thursday 23 November to Saturday 23 December.