Casting has been announced for David Mamet’s Oleanna, the final play in Theatre Royal Bath’s Welcome Back Season this Autumn. The provocative drama will play in the theatre’s main house from Wednesday 25 November to Saturday 12 December with press night on Wednesday 2 December 2020.
John Heffernan will play John and Rosie Sheehy will play Carol in the highly anticipated production which, in a change to original billing, will be directed by Lucy Bailey.
When David Mamet’s Oleanna opened nearly thirty years ago, it caused uproar amongst audiences from New York to London. Set on an American campus, a seemingly innocuous conversation between a college professor and his female student warps into a nightmare which threatens to destroy them both, when she files a claim of sexual harassment against him. With its take on the corrosive excesses of political correctness and exploration of the use and abuse of language, this is the ultimate drama of pupil power and student revenge.
Addressing issues which are strikingly current, this will be a fascinating opportunity to see this landmark play from the perspective of our #MeToo era.
Oleanna starring John Heffernan and Rosie Sheehy is at Theatre Royal Bath 25th November to 12th December 2020. Tickets are on sale here.