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The Graduate to open at West Yorkshire Playhouse in first major revival since West End Premiere

By Charles Webb
Adapted by Terry Johnson
Director Lucy Bailey
Designer Mike Britton
Sound Designer Mic Pool
Lighting Designer Chris Davey

Friday 28 April – Sat 27 May 2017, Courtyard Theatre
Press Night Wednesday 3 May 2017, 7.45pm

50 years since the release of the iconic hit film, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Curve in association with Simon Friend and Gavin Kalin Productions*1 present The Graduate.

With acclaimed director Lucy Bailey, (Great Expectations, Dial M for Murder, West Yorkshire Playhouse) whose work spans classics at the Globe and RSC to West End productions, The Graduate stars Catherine McCormack (Braveheart, Spy Game) as Mrs. Robinson and Jack Monaghan (War Horse, Black Mirror) as Benjamin.

Pictured in character for the first time, Catherine McCormack and Jack Monaghan take up their roles 50 years since the runaway success of Mike Nichols’ hit film starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft.

Director Lucy Bailey said: “The Graduate is a satire on the values and lifestyle of middle class suburban America. The world seen through Benjamin’s eyes is a heightened surreal version of reality, at times grotesques and absurd. It’s a coming of age play – painfully funny and deeply human.”

Artistic Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse James Brining said: “Our productions this season return to the journey for voice and identity. Benjamin, the Graduate’s central character, is completely disaffected and alienated until he begins to break with convention and take his own path. In the hands of the talented Lucy Bailey, whose celebrated production of Great Expectations at the Playhouse thrilled audiences, this promises to be a smart and stylish telling, rich in wry humour.”

Based on Charles Webb’s novel, The Graduate sees an educated young man swept into an illicit encounter with an older married woman, setting them both on a thrillingly destructive course.

The cast is completed by Emma Curtis playing Elaine, Tom Hodgkins as Mr Braddock, Rebecca Charles as Mrs Braddock and Richard Clothier playing Mr Robinson.

The Graduate is adapted by Terry Johnson, based on the novel by Charles Webb and the motion picture screenplay by Calder Willingham & Buck Henry by special arrangement with StudioCanal.

*1 by special arrangement with StudioCanal. Originally produced on the London & Broadway Stage by John Reid & Sacha Brooks

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