HUMANITAS Winner Alan Alda's Play to Premiere at The Tabard
The Tabard Theatre in West London plays host to the UK premiere of Alan Alda's RADIANCE: The Passion of Marie Curie for a limited run, Wednesday 4th - Saturday 28th February 2015, directed by veteran New York and London producer/director Mark Giesser.
In the intellectual and creative ferment of early 20th century Paris, Marie Curie and her husband, Pierre, struggle through endless hours of physically dangerous work in order to master the secrets of radiation. Reaching a remarkable breakthrough, they share a Nobel Prize, the first ever granted to a woman. But the world isn't fully ready to accept Marie's incredible achievement. After Pierre's death, a love affair with the brilliant, unhappily married physicist Paul Langevin rescues her from depression, but at the cost of a public scandal. It threatens to end Marie's career just when she might be awarded an unprecedented second Nobel Prize.
'Juicy, gaslit melodrama ... illuminates the challenges that Marie Curie faced in pursuing a career in the sciences at a time when it was virtually unheard of for women to take prominent roles in academic or public life.' The New York Times
Legendary 7-time Emmy Award-winning actor, screenwriter and bestselling author Alan Alda, in his first full-length stage drama, beautifully captures the emotional turmoil of a woman forced to choose between love and her life's work.
'Alda's sharply written script shines a light on the precarious nature of love and marriage, set against the backdrop of remarkable discoveries in science.' Theatermania
Mark Giesser has written, directed, and produced in numerous theatre venues in both London and New York. London credits include his plays How to Build a Better Tulip, the UK premiere of Code of the West and the world premiere of Good Morning, Alamo! (Tabard Theatre); the revival of Bell, Book & Candle (Greenwich Playhouse); and the UK premiere of the Abbey Theatre's Blackwater Angel (Finborough Theatre). Off-Broadway productions of his plays include How to Build a Better Tulip; Code of the West; Hansen's Cab; The Night They Burned Washington; Pledge of Allegiance.