PICASSO

by Terry d’Alfonso
directed by Michael Hunt

Picasso

1 November - 25 November 2017
(Previews 1st - 5th November)

by Terry d’Alfonso
directed by Michael Hunt
This production is for ages 16 and above.

Guardian 3* “beautifully staged… eloquently acted”
West End Wilma 4* "an engaging presentation of Picasso through women’s eyes." 
London Box Office 3*
We are delighted to announce that Sylvette David - the subject of #Picasso's portrait painting "Sylvette" - will be giving an informal Q&A session after the matinee performance of #PicassoPlay this Saturday 18th at The Playground Theatre. The performance starts at 2:30pm and the Q&A will be held in the theatre afterwards. We will be doing a special offer for this matinee performance whereby you can buy 2 tickets for the price of 1 = £20 for 2 tickets.
‘When I love a woman everything is torn apart, everything, including the woman, including my paintings, including myself. Over this, I have no control. ‘
Picasso-genius or monster or both? He wrote ‘Love is the greatest refreshment in life’. His greatest love was his art, and no woman could ever compare, yet he could not live without them.

Cast and Creatives

Written by Terry d’Alfonso
Directed by Michael Hunt

Associate Producer  - Jessica Andrews
Design and Costumes - Klara Zieglerova
Movement Director - Maria Koripas
Lighting Design - David Cunningham
AV and Sound Design - Matthew Ferguson
Associate Designer - Rachel Twyford
Production Manager - David Stothard
Assistant Director- Thomas Mittelheuser
Stage Manager - Holly Marsh
 The cast has been announced for Picasso, the opening production at The Playground Theatre: Written by Terry D’Alfonso and directed by Michael Hunt, Picasso will star Peter Tate as the eponymous Spanish artist, Adele Oni (Girl – dem Criterion Theatre, "Sublime" Tristan Bates) as Picasso’s lover French philanthropist, film maker and model Genivieve Laporte, Claire Bowman (Cousins - Soho Theatre, Spring Storm - North Wall Arts Centre) as Marie Therese Walter the artist’s model and long time mistress and Spanish actress Alejandra Costa ( Constellations – Courtyard Theatre, London) as Jacqueline Roque, his enigmatic last muse. Filmed inserts will feature Italian film actress Sandra Collodel as Picasso’s lover Dora Maar, fellow Italian TV star Margot Sikabonyi as Marie Therese Walter and Russian ballet dancer and stage, television and film actress Milena Vukotic as Picasso’s first wife Olga Khokhlova.

Actors

Alejandra Costa - Jacqueline Roque

Alejandra trained at Identity Drama School in London and Ivana Chubbuck Studio in Los Angeles, with 13 years fashion modeling experience working in the U.K., U.S., Italy, and Spain. Whilst training she appeared in Constellations (Courtyard Theatre). This is her professional stage debut.

Claire Bowman - Marie-Thérèse Walter

Claire has recently completed her training at the Oxford School of Drama. Credits while training include Separate Tables; Spring Storm (North Wall Arts Centre) and Cousins (Soho Theatre). Picasso is her first professional theatre credit in London.

Sandra Collodel - Dora Maar

Sandra is an Italian actress who has appeared in many Italian films including Things from Another World by Francesco Patierno and Unfair Competition by Ettore Scola, a five times Oscar nominee and starred Gereard Depardieu.

Adele Oni - Geneviève Laporte

Adele continues to train with Actor In Session across stage, musical theatre and screen as well as privately with vocal coach Leontine Hass. Her credits include Sublime (Tristan Bates Theatre), Girl-Dem (The Criterion Theatre) and No Sex Please, We're British - International tour.

Margot Sikabonyi - Marie Therese Walter

Margot is an Italian actress who started her career at the age of 11.Became well-known in Italy through the tv series A Family Doctor in which she appeared in nine series of the show. In 2012 she appeared the film, Two Married People, shot in Canada and directed by Jim Bates. The film won the 2014 MIFF Award as Best Screenplay and Margot was nominated for Best Female Performance.

Peter Tate - Picasso

Peter was trained at Webber Douglas in London and with Stella Adler in New York, where he began his career. Credits there included The Bacchae directed by Michael Cacoyannis, at Circle in the Square and the Gypsy in the Gypsy Tale at the Public Theatre .Returned to London to play a leading role at The National Theatre opposite Alan Bates. An invitation by the Actors Studio New York, brought him back to the US to play the co-lead, as Prince Felix Yussopov, in Rasputin opposite Peter Stormare, who was then Ingmar Bergman’s leading actor.Later played the lead in Tabloid Caligula at the Brits Off-Broadway at 59E59th St Theatre.Peter has played many leading roles , in the UK, including at the Almeida(The Master in Master and Margarita)the Lyric, Hammersmith(General Khludov in Flight by Bulgakov) and the Arts Theatre (Senator Daniels in American Justice) in the West End. Was also invited by one of Poland’s top directors, Henryk Baranowski, twice winner of Russia’s top award as best director, to play the title role in Macbeth, in Poland, in a bi-lingual production.Following Macbeth, Peter was invited to many international festivals with his show ‘Odd Man Out’ and won the top award in Wroclaw, Kiev, Vilnius, Hannover, Jerusalem and St Petersburg.

Melina Vukotic - Olga Khokhlova

Milena is known for her role of Pina in the Fantozzi series of comedy films. Additional screen credits include Arabella, The Adventurers, Blood for Dracula, Max, Mon Amour, Monsignor, Juliet of the Spirits , A Good Woman and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgoiese.Luis Bunuel said of Milena’She is my favourite actress’.She appeared in several films of his as well as working with Fellini ,Zefferelli and Tarkovsky She had a recurring role on the French television series Une famille formidable. In 1987 she played in the German series Anna, which was a big success in the German-speaking countries.