It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems.
Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital sparring quickly turns to blood-sport.
A witty and devastating portrait of the governing class – the premiere of a new play by Simon Woods, with two of British theatre’s finest actors.
Lindsay Duncan is Diana, who appears to self-medicate with alcohol whilst stuck in their Cotswolds’ home playing the Tory wife, with irritation at the years of “adoring looks, headscarves, twinsets and casual racism – best supporting wife”. Though she is as hard left wing as Robin, played by Alex Jennings, is as hard right.
Hansard is directed by Simon Godwin (Twelfth Night, Antony & Cleopatra) with set and costumes by Hildegard Bechtler (Antony & Cleopatra).
“The performances simply take the breath away…” Whats On Stage
“Touching and illuminating all at once.” the Times
A NT Live screening from the National’s Lyttelton Theatre in London.