National Theatre of London's Last of the Haussmans
The National Theatre of London returns to Sedona on Monday, Oct. 29 when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere of the acclaimed British stage production "The Last of the Haussmans." There will be two shows at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival's Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
Julie Walters plays Judy Haussman with Rory Kinnear and Helen McCrory as her children in this eagerly-anticipated new play by Stephen Beresford. "The Last of the Haussmans" is a funny, touching and sometimes savage portrait of a family that's losing its grip.
Anarchic, feisty but growing old, high society drop-out Judy Haussman remains in spirit with the Ashrams of the 1960s while holding court in her dilapidated Art Deco house on the Devon coast. After an operation, she's joined by wayward offspring Nick and Libby, sharp-eyed granddaughter Summer, local doctor Peter, and Daniel, a troubled teenager who makes use of the family's crumbling swimming pool. Together they share a few sweltering months in this chaotic world of all-day drinking, infatuations, long-held resentments, free love and failure.
One of Britain's best-loved and most versatile actors, Julie Walters has won BAFTA, Golden Globe and Olivier Awards for her work. Her screen credits range from Educating Rita to celebrated work with Victoria Wood, from lead roles in the movies of Mamma Mia! and Harry Potter.
Rory Kinnear recently won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor for his performance as Hamlet at the National Theatre. Helen McCrory's acclaimed work includes the films The Queen and, recently, Hugo.
Critics are raving about "The Last of the Haussmans", which garnered highest 4-star and 5-star reviews from every major newspaper and magazine in London. It is playing to sold-out audiences for its entire run at the National Theatre.
"Seasoned with bursts of comedy...Brilliant. Walters's sense of comic timing is remarkable, a performance that mingles humor with great pathos." - Daily Express
"Deliciously comical...delighting in the savagery of a dysfunctional family." - Evening Standard
"I was purring in tickled contentment because the fine-tuned cast was so functionally dysfunctional...Helen McCrory and Rory Kinnear, two of the finest actors of their generation" -The New York Times
"Stephen Beresford's first play is a knockout - entertaining, sad and outrageous." - Observer
Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling (928) 282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.com.