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The Final Act

Directed and Choreographed by Christian Holder

★★★★ The Upcoming

★★★ The Guardian  

★★★ Jewish Renaissance


“The extraordinary life story of the Ballets Russes star is retold with intensity, imagination and balletic flourishes”


Ida Rubinstein: The Final Act combined text, movement, music, projections and film to evoke a long-gone era of theatrical extravagance. Ida Rubinstein: The Final Act brought together a stellar team of cast and creatives…

Cast & Creatives

Directed and Choreographed by Christian Holder

Book by Christian Holder

Original Scenario by Irina Ionnesyan & Natella Boltyanskaya

Associate Producer  – Jessica Andrews

Production Designer – David Roger

Lighting Designer – Declan Randall

Video Designer – Matthew Ferguson

Ida Costumes – Charles and Patricia Lester

Naomi Sorkin as Ida Rubinstein

Naomi Sorkin was one of America’s leading classical and dramatic ballerinas. She became known for her varied repertoire which spanned dramatic, classical, lyrical and contemporary dance.

She starred in the PBS film Swan Lake Minnesota, and created the Ballerina role in his Nijinsky Il Matto, touring Italy and London. In London she played principal roles in West End shows, Grand Hotel and Brigadoon. Theatre work includes, The Creditors at the Gate Theatre, The Dancing Master at the BAC, Blue Eyes Red at The White Bear. Alongside collaborator Christian Holder she played Anna in the Devil’s Choice and created ‘Isolation Waltz’, a short film in response to the lockdown.

She inspired and starred in Madame Ida which was shown at the V&A, London Short Film Festival as well as in Paris, Capri, Brescia, and St Petersburg.

Max Wilson as Edward Clement

Max trained at ArtsEd and has since developed an extensive repertoire including: Othello (Riverside Studios, Off West End nomination: Best Supporting Actor), Potted Potter (Broadway Playhouse Chicago, Hobby Center Houston), Flowers of the Forest (Jermyn Street), The Tempest (Grassroots Shakespeare), Please Wait Patiently & The Drunken City (Chiswick Playhouse). Phil Shearer in Doctors (BBC).

Video Games, voiceover, commercial and audio credits include: Fable Legends (Pinewood/Microsoft), Alone in Tokyo (Uphill). : MINI, The Yacht Week, AMAN Resorts, Princess Cruises, Voltarol, NHS, Skoda, Santander, ZSL London Zoo, The Open University, The Curious Adventures of Max & Mitch.

Daren Berry as Ravel

Darren Berry is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, session musician, musical director, orchestral arranger and composer. His work includes the HBO series Art-land, Channel 4’s The Turner Prize, along with installations at the Tate modern and winning a Grammy for the eponymously titled “La Roux” album.

Marco Gambino as D’Annunzio

Marco has appeared in some of the most popular Italian and British television series including Young Montalbano, Emmerdale, The Boss of the Bosses , Squadra antimafia , Romolo and  Giuly. Films include the International , il Traditore. Marco is also known for his monologues which he interprets in more than one language : Words of Honour, Othello’s Guilt , Maria Callas the Black pearl.  Marco has recently played Benvenuto Cellini for BBC radio program Blood and Bronze.

Kathryn Worth as Sorreto/Romaine Brooks

Kathyrn trained at RADA. She starred opposite Tom Hiddleston in Joanna Hogg’s award winning feature Unrelated for which she won Best Actress Silk Road film Festival, other features include Waking David, The gates of vanity, Always in the Present,Through the Lens,The Fighter’s Ballad, Bigga Than Ben, and Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont, several award winning short films including Roman Fever. Recent theatre includes John Gabriel Borkman, Gatehouse Theatre; Maurice( Above the Stag Theatre); Game Over UK tour; The Listening Room(Ol Red Lion); Love on the Dole (Changing Place Collective); Archimedes Principle (Park Theatre); Old Times (StauntonburyTheate).