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The Wind and the Rain at Finborough Theatre
July 11, 2023 @ 12:00 am - August 5, 2023 @ 12:00 am
A dazzling production of New Zealand-born Merton Hodge’s play, The Wind and the Rain, has opened at Finborough Theatre, London.
Set in 1933, the story follows Charles Tritton as he arrives in Edinburgh to begin his medical studies. Told through snapshots of conversations, all taking place in his boarding house where he resides during his studies, The Wind And The Rain is a cleverly-told portrait of medical studies in the 20th century, with the plot being clear and engrossing despite us only seeing brief moments in Tritton’s life. It’s certainly a pleasure to see such a story being told on London’s stages again.
One of the biggest international hits of the 1930s, The Wind and the Rain starred Celia Johnson when it opened in the West End in 1933, running for over a thousand performances in London at three different theatres – the St. Martin’s, the Queen’s and the Savoy Theatres. It played for six months on Broadway, toured internationally, was translated into nine languages, was televised multiple times, and remained a staple of British repertory theatre for decades.
This cast includes Lynton Appleton (Richard III at Royal Shakespeare Company); Harvey Cole (Mercury Fur, Much Ado About Nothing and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Guildhall School of Music and Drama); David Furlong (Break of Noon at Finborough Theatre and Emmeline at The Cockpit and UK tour); Mark Lawrence (Hedda Gabler and The Tempest at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art);Jenny Lee (The Straw Chair, I Didn’t Always Live Here, The Flou’ers of Edinburgh, Little Red Hen at the Finborough Theatre and It Is Easy To Be Dead and its subsequent transfer to the Trafalgar Studios, Òran Mór, Glasgow and the Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen); Joe Pitts (Spring Awakening at Almeida Theatre); Naomi Preston-Low (nominated for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ at the British Short Film Awards); and Helen Reuben (King Rodolfo at Soho Theatre and Love All, Savior and Pictures of Dorian Gray at Jermyn Street Theatre).