By Simon Stone after Eugene O’Neill Director Simon Stone

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 5 May – 17 June 2012

Three decades before he wrote Long Day’s Journey into Night, Eugene O’Neill wrote a sprawling and adventurous masterpiece the likes of which Broadway had never seen. Almost a century later, there is still no other play like Strange Interlude.

Twenty-year-old Nina Leeds has lost the love of her life in the war. Overcome with grief, she quits university, falls out with her father and moves away from home. What follows is a breathtaking journey through 25 years in Nina’s life, as she pursues a series of sexual flings to console herself, eventually settles down in a comfortable but unexciting marriage with Sam Evans, then begins a 15-year affair with his best friend Ned Darrell. One of the few modern plays to interweave soliloquy and dialogue, Strange Interlude offers a touching insight into the minutiae of our daily worries, joys and hopes, set against the vast backdrop of life’s irreversible decisions.

Emily Barclay (The Seagull, That Face, Gethsemane) takes on one of the great female roles of twentieth-century drama. In the vein of his 2011 rewrite of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck, wunderkind Simon Stone creates a contemporary version of this truly amazing Pulitzer Prize winner.

Please note: Strange Interlude contains some nudity and low-level coarse language.


By Simon Stone after Eugene O’Neill
Director Simon Stone
Set Designer Robert Cousins
Costume Designer Mel Page
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
Composition & Sound Design Secondment Marty Jamieson
Stage Manager Eva Tandy
Assistant Stage Manager Rebecca Poulter


Akos Armont
Emily Barclay
Nicholas Bakopoulos-Cooke
Mitchell Butel
Callum McManis
Kris McQuade
Eloise Mignon
Anthony Phelan
Toby Schmitz
Toby Truslove


Rehearsal images by Heidrun Lohr
Production images by Heidrun Lohr

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