To celebrate the UK première of David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane’s new musical comedy adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar’s Oscar-nominated film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown – now playing live on stage in London’s West End – Pedro Almodóvar will be taking part in a conversation with director Bartlett Sher and star of the original film Rossy de Palma. Esteemed film critic Maria Delgado will chair the panel.
This unique event will be broadcast across the country live via satellite in partnership with Picturehouse Cinemas, alongside a screening of the original 1988 film. There will be an opportunity for the public to ask Pedro and the panel a question by tweeting @womenvergeuk and @picturehouses.
Tickets for the show and Q&A live on stage from 7.30pm at the Playhouse Theatre are now on sale at womenonthevergemusical.com or on 0844 871 7631. The Q&A will follow the performance.
Tickets for the Q&A and screening from 10.20pm are now on sale at picturehouses.co.uk or 0871 902 5747.
The Q&A will precede the film screening. The participating cinemas are Hackney Picturehouse; The Ritzy, Brixton; the Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford; Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool; City Screen, York; Duke of York’s, Brighton; and Cinema City, Norwich.
Pedro Almodóvar, in London to work on the stage show, said: "Twenty six years after attending the 1989 Oscar ceremony and returning empty-handed, it’s wonderful to see that these Women - the Madrid ladies - are still alive and kicking. We will celebrate them in London alongside the shortlist inclusion for Wild Tales as a possible nominee for Best Foreign Film in the next round of Oscars. I hope to see it amongst the five finalists on the 15th January, but if not, it’s fine. There is life beyond the Oscars, as Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown the Musical proves."
Tamsin Greig makes her musical theatre debut in the UK première of David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane’s new musical comedy adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar’s Oscar-nominated film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher, the show has an international cast that includesRicardo Afonso, Marianne Benedict, Haydn Gwynne, Seline Hizli, Holly James, Michael Matus, Rebecca McKinnis, Sarah Moyle, Alastair Natkiel, Haydn Oakley, Jérôme Pradon, Nuno Queimado, Dale Rapley,Anna Skellern and Willemijn Verkaik.
On the streets of Madrid, a city pulsing with art, industry and passion, Pepa’s world is unravelling. Her lover leaves her. And then she meets his wife. And his son. And his new girlfriend. Meanwhile, Pepa’s best friend is tangled up in her own romantic crisis with a suspected criminal, leaving Pepa with only the taxi driver to help navigate the Gran Vía ahead.
This hilarious and heartfelt musical, based on Pedro Almodóvar’s award-winning trailblazing film, celebrates women centre stage at the Playhouse Theatre now.
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