The Last of the Haussmans

a new play by Stephen Beresford

Julie Walters plays Judy Haussman, with Rory Kinnear and Helen McCrory as her wayward children, in this blackly funny family drama.

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The Last of the Haussmans

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 as they alternately cling to and flee this louche and chaotic world of all-day drinking, infatuations, long-held resentments, free love and failure.

Stephen Beresford’s The Last of the Haussmans examines the fate of the revolutionary generation and offers a funny, touching and at times savage portrait of a family full of longing that’s losing its grip.

Final performance on 11 October.

National Theatre Live

The Last of the Haussmans will be broadcast to cinemas across the UK and around the world on 11 October 2012 as part of National Theatre Live. Find your nearest cinema and book.

Captioned performance: Mon 17 Sep at 7.30pm
Audio-Described performances: Fri 10 Aug at 7.30pm, Sat 11 Aug at 2.15pm (Touch Tour at 12.45pm) and Sat 6 Oct at 2.15pm (Touch Tour at 12.45pm)


photo (Helen McCrory, Julie Walters, Rory Kinnear) by Phil Fisk

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