Strange Interlude

by Eugene O’Neill

28 May - 1 September 2013

Anne-Marie Duff plays Nina in Eugene O’Neill’s audacious epic - one of the great masterpieces of American theatre.
 

 

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Strange Interlude

Shattered when the love of her life is killed in the war and haunted by their unconsummated passion, Nina escapes her jealous Ivy League father and embarks on a series of tawdry sexual escapades until, cajoled by her appalled, long-suffering suitor Charles, she marries the amiable young Sam. But while pregnant, Nina learns a horrifying secret that precipitates a desperate, life-changing decision and propels her fatally into the arms of another.

Following a family from the aftermath of World War One until the late 1940s, Eugene O’Neill’s audacious epic is one of the great masterpieces of American theatre.

Yes, our lives are merely strange dark interludes in the electrical display of God the Father!

Anne-Marie Duff, whose last role at the National was Saint Joan, plays Nina.

Re: O’Neill
Thu 4 July, 5.30pm,
Christopher Bigsby looks at the playwright’s influences and his legacy.

In Conversation with Anne-Marie Duff
Thursday 4 July, 3pm,
The actor talks about her role and career.

 

Photo (Anne-Marie Duff) by Oliver Prout

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