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The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
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My Old Lady

By Israel Horovitz
Directed by Hannah Sayer
10th – 17th July 2021 at 8:00pm

Duration: 2hrs approx. including one interval.

An eloquent, funny, brilliantly paced plunge into parent-child relationships.

The magic of My Old Lady lies in the preternatural skill with which Mr Horovitz propels his beautifully drawn characters toward what you trust will be their predestined fates. This is the kind of play in which you want your expectations to be fulfilled, and don’t feel manipulated in the least by the machinations that lead you down the path to the final destination.

4/5
The Wall Street Journal

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd.

Most notable from the 2014 film of the same name, starring Maggie Smith, My Old Lady brings a charming aspect of Paris to the stage.

An American inherits an apartment in Paris that comes with an unexpected resident. Cynical, and at the end of his tether, he looks forward to selling the apartment his late father owned in the Marais district. But what he finds out there just appals him: his estranged dad had never told him he had acquired the property as a life lease, a typically French custom of ‘viager’ which he’s never heard of. As a consequence, not only will poor Mathias be unable to sell the apartment (at least as long as Mathilde Girard stays alive), but he will have to pay the old lady a pension as part of the bargain. Add to that Mathilde’s prickly daughter Chloé, some uncomfortable revelations about the past and the fact that he literally has no place else to go, wine seems the only consolation. Desperate to sell, his options limited, he’s forced to get to know these women better… Chloé and Matthias, both 50, still rage with the anguish of the unloved children they always felt they were.

That’s the springboard for Horovitz’s eloquent, funny, brilliantly paced plunge into parent-child relationships.

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by
Hannah Sayer

CREATIVE TEAM

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The magic of My Old Lady lies in the preternatural skill with which Mr Horovitz propels his beautifully drawn characters toward what you trust will be their predestined fates. This is the kind of play in which you want your expectations to be fulfilled, and don’t feel manipulated in the least by the machinations that lead you down the path to the final destination.

4/5
The Wall Street Journal

My Old Lady . . . is a delight.

4.5/5
Daily Express

A thoroughly original cinematic tale.

5/5
AARP The Magazine

A crowd-pleaser.

3/5
Hollywood Reporter

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