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Laurence Boswell Directs The Mentor at the Vaudeville Theatre

Sunday, 28th May 2017  

The Mentor - Vaudeville Theatre

More top plays are announced for the West End this month, following in the footsteps of recent announcements like Apologia at the Trafalgar Studios. This time we turn our attentions not only to the Vaudeville Theatre, but also the Theatre Royal Bath, which is once again transferring one of its successful shows to the capital.

The Mentor, with F. Murray Abraham reprising one of the lead roles, is set to play at the West End venue this summer and it will mark the latest occasion in which Laurence Boswell has directed a well known star on a Theatreland stage.

The story was originally penned by Daniel Kehlmann in German and this version has been translated by Christopher Hampton, whose name will be familiar to audiences as he has also been behind versions of The Father and The Mother in London, the latter of which was also directed by Laurence Boswell when it was staged at the Tricycle Theatre.

The Mentor focuses on the characters of Benjamin Robin (Abraham) and Martin Wegner (Daniel Weyman), two writers at different points in their career but whose egos make them worthy adversaries. The former is an aging writer who is still coasting on earlier successes, whilst Martin is an up-and-comer who is floating on the buzz surrounding his work. But when Benjamin is tasked with mentoring Martin, two big minds clash.

Prior to directed F. Murray Abraham in The Mentor, Laurence Boswell has guided a wealth of other big names in the capital, directing Madonna in Up For Grabs at the Wyndham’s Theatre and Jake Gyllenhaal in This Is Our Youth at the Garrick Theatre. Over the years he has also helmed the likes of In The Next Room at the St James Theatre and the mentioned The Father at the Tricycle Theatre, in addition to being an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

He directs The Mentor at the Vaudeville Theatre when Christopher Hampton’s translation plays the West End venue from Tuesday 4th July 2017 (previews from Saturday 24th June 2017) to Saturday 2nd September 2017.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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