Hysteria breaks out at the Theatre Royal

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 August 2012

Antony Sher and Indira Varma in Hysteria

Antony Sher and Indira Varma in Hysteria

Theatre Royal

MASS Hysteria will hit Bath this summer as a double Olivier Award-winning actor stars in a new comedy.

Anthony Sher will star in a new production of Terry Johnson’s Hysteria, which is running from now until August 18 at the Theatre Royal.

This new screening also stars Will Keen (Silk, Titanic), David Horovitch (102 Dalmatians, Young Victoria, Miss Marple) and Indira Varma (Silk, Rome, Luther).

Set in the late 1930s, the action unfolds in a Hampstead suburb where 82-year-old Sigmund Freud is planning to spend the rest of his life in peace after fleeing Nazi-occupied Austria.

But when surrealist painter Salvador Dali turns up unexpectedly in his study, along with a young woman who finds it impossible to keep her clothes on, all hell breaks loose.

Featuring two of the 20th century’s greatest and boldest minds, the multi-award-winning comedy is part farce and part case history.

It was written by Johnson in 1993 and won the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy in 1993 and the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Play in the West End in 1994.

Sher, noted as one of the leading and most-recognisable theatrical actors of his generation, stars as Freud, the psychologist whose revolutionary theories were hugely influential throughout the 20th century.

Keen stars as world-famous surrealist and painter Dali, having recently appeared in BBC drama Silk and the ITV television adaptation of Titanic.

Tickets for the show are priced £17.50-33.50, and are available by calling the box office on 01225 448844 or at www.theatreroyal.org.uk

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