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The Clark Presents London's National Theatre Live in HD: The Last of the Haussmans

For Immediate Release

October 04, 2012

[Digital images available upon request]

Williamstown, MA—On Thursday, October 11 at 2 pm, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents London’s National Theatre Live in HD: The Last of the Haussmans, a new play by Stephen Beresford. Tickets are $18 ($15 members and students) and may be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524.

Directed by Howard Davies, the play centers around Judy Haussman (played by Julie Walters), an anarchic, high-society dropout who remains in spirit with the Ashrams of the 1960s while holding court in her dilapidated Art Deco house on the Devon coast. After an operation, she’s joined by wayward offspring Nick (Rory Kinnear) and Libby (Helen McCrory), along with sharp-eyed granddaughter Summer, local doctor Peter, and troubled teenager Daniel. Together they share a few sweltering months in this chaotic world of all-day drinking, infatuations, long-held resentments, free love, and failure.

One of Britain’s best-loved and most versatile actors, Julie Walters has won BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Olivier awards for her work. Her screen credits include playing the starring role in Educating Rita; working with writer and actress Victoria Wood, most recently in the award-winning series Dinnerladies; playing lead roles in the movies Mamma Mia! and the Harry Potter series, and playing the stern ballet instructor in Billy Elliot.

Rory Kinnear recently won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor for his performance as Hamlet at the National Theatre. Helen McCrory’s acclaimed work includes the films The Queen and, recently, Hugo.

Running time is three hours, including host introduction and one twenty-minute intermission.

Now in its fourth season, National Theatre Live in HD delivers the best of British theater to cinemas around the world. Stage performances are captured in front of an audience at London’s National Theatre and its collaborating companies. The shows are broadcast live in high definition across Europe and America.

About The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

Amanda Powers
The Clark
413 458 0471


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