Theatre: Martine

Posted by Caroline Lofts

The Great War is over. It is the summer of 1920, in rural France.

By a dusty road, a girl is sitting under the shade of an apple tree. She sees someone walking towards her. He is a young man, just back from fighting in Syria. He joins her under the tree, and a tragic love story begins.

Often compared to Chekhov, and much admired by Harold Pinter, Jean-Jacques Bernard creates a unique emotional landscape of beauty and longing, desire and disappointment.

Originally written in 1922, Martine was produced all over the world during the 1920s with many leading actresses of the day in the title role, including Madeleine Renaud. It was first produced in English at the Gate Theatre in 1929, and played the West End in 1933. During the 1920s and 1930s, it was performed all over the world. It was filmed for the BBC in 1952 with a cast including Claire Bloom and Denholm Elliot, and in 1985 John Fowles’s translation was produced at the National Theatre, directed by Peter Hall, starring Wendy Morgan.

Award-winning film and television star Hannah Murray plays Martine, supported by the iconic Susan Penhaligon as Madame Mervan, Leila Crerar as Jeanne, Chris Porter as Alfred, and Barnaby Sax as Julien.

Hannah Murray is best known for her role as Cassie in the first two series of Bafta-winning E4 drama Skins, for which she was nominated for a Monte-Carlo Television Festival Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. She currently plays Gilly in HBO series Game of Thrones. Her stage work includes playing Mia in That Face (Duke of York’s Theatre). Films include Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter, Chatroom, Womb, The Numbers Station, Kat in Lily & Kat (to be released), and God Help the Girl, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian for which she recently co-won the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Award.

Tuesday, 22 April – Saturday, 17 May 2014
Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm. Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm. Saturday matinees at 3.00pm (from 3 May 2014).
Prices for Weeks One and Two (22 April–4 May 2014) – Tickets £16, £14 concessions, except Tuesday Evenings 
£14 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £16 all seats. Previews (22 and 23 April) £12 all seats.
£10 tickets for Under 30’s for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only. 

£12 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 26 April 2014 when booked online.Prices for Weeks Three and Four (6–17 May 2014) – Tickets £18, £16 concessions, except Tuesday Evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats.Performance Length: Approximately two hours with one interval of fifteen minutes.

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London, SW10 9ED
Box Office 0844 847 1652 Book online at



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