The Untold Story of Dance's Forgotten Diva
Image by Matthew Ferguson (FG Studios)

Ida RubInstein:
The Final Act  

Original scenario by Irina Ioannesyan and Natella Boltyanskaya
Book byChristian Holder
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Ida Rubinstein: The Final Act tells the untold story of dance's forgotten diva, the early 20th Century Russian impresario performer and femme fatale. From Paris to Palestine, from dancing in the Ballet Russes to commissioning Ravel’s Boléro, Ida Rubinstein’s career as a dancer and impresario saw her working with artists such as Stravinsky, Nijinsky and Debussy. But despite her varied career and her fame in her own time, her name is all but forgotten whilst her contemporaries live on in memory. Now Naomi Sorkin, an actor and former ballerina with American Ballet Theatre recounts the Russian heiress’ dramatic life: her scandalous Salomé that lead her embarrassed family to commit her to an asylum, her rise to the heights of fame in Paris, her bisexual love affairs, the assassination of her long-time lover Lord Moyne,
and her work as a nurse in both World Wars.

Ida Rubinstein: The Final Act combines text, movement, music,
projections and film to evoke a long-gone era of theatrical extravagance.

Ida Rubinstein: The Final Act brings together a stellar team of creatives...
...joining Naomi Sorkin are director and choreographer Christian Holder (choreography includes American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet), twice BAFTA winner and Emmy award winning production designer David Roger, and platinum and Grammy award winning composer, multi-instrumentalist and conductor Darren Berry (Falstaff and Aida, The Royal Opera House, Romeo and Juliet; HBOs Art-land, The British Face, Channel 4’s Turner Prize, La Roux’s award winning album - songwriting under the name of Mankato).

Ida Rubinstein: The Final Act musical score
Rachmaninov - Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op 3 number 1, Elégie. 
Debussy - La Plus Que Lente (a variation on the original). 
Bach - Adagio from Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Schubert - Ave Maria.
Ravel - Boléro.
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CAST
Darren Berry as Ravel
Adam Clayton-Smith as Edward Clement
Marco Gambino as D'Annuzio
Naomi Sorkin as Ida Rubinstein
Kathryn Worth as Sorreto/Romaine Brooks

CREATIVES
Set and costume designer David Roger
Set and Costume textiles Charles and Patricia Lester
Lighting Designer Charlie Morgan Jones
Video Designer Matthew Ferguson
Ida Rubinstein: The Final Act
Image by Matthew Ferguson (FG Studios)
Image by Gail Hadani
Recommended for ages 11 +
THIS PRODUCTION runs for approximately 2 hours with an interval.
PERFORMANCES

13th May 2021 - 5th June 2021
Tickets (All unreserved)

PREVIEW General Admission 
£18

PREVIEW Concession 
£15

General Admission £22

Concession £18 (under 26, over 60, unemployed, student, industry member eg Equity)


Ten for £10 
(Discounted tickets supporting access to the Arts.)

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Location

The Playground Theatre
Latimer Rd London W10 6RQ

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