The Donmar produced David Leveaux’s sensitive revival of Simon Gray’s The Late Middle Classes in 2010.
This funny, melancholic and captivating play about a young boy and promising pianist who is trapped between conflicting emotional needs of the adults in his life, revealing the frustration, secrets and guilt of middle class respectability in 1950s England.
Helen McCrory played Celia, his emotionally demanding mother, frustrated at finding a role for herself “blending waspishness with vulnerability”. Robert Glenister is his piano teacher, living alone with his Austrian refugee mother. The boy is a mixture of muse, playmate and object of his desire.
Both Helen and Robert signed my sketch on 13 July 2010 at the Warehouse stage door.