Inside the opulent state residence of an unseen dictator, Micheleine awaits her husband’s arrival in the company of her best friend, Genevieve. Waiting with them is a photojournalist, Kathryn, and an interpreter, Gilma. On the surface is polite chit-chat – cartoons, Prada, chilli vodka, family… anything. Outside civil war looms ever nearer. All four women are harbouring secrets and suspicions. All four are in danger.

Splendour is a striking tale of power and secrets, allowing us a glimpse into the minds of these women as their worlds begin to turn.

UK playwright and screenwriter, Abi Morgan has an abiding fascination with the fragility of power. Her screen adaptations include Monica Ali’s Brick Lane; The Iron Lady (with Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher), The Invisible Woman (directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes as Charles Dickens), and Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff and Helena Bonham Carter.

March 15 – April 16

Splendour

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