It is 1979 and Esme Allen has it all. A successful actress, she is at the pinnacle of her career and passionate about the West End stage where she earns a comfortable living. A visit from her daughter Amy, with a new boyfriend, a brash young gossip columnist and film critic, sets in motion a series of events that reach their shattering conclusion 16 years later.

This will be the first major revival of the play since its premiere at the National in 1997 and will incorporate the revisions David Hare made for the subsequent Broadway production.

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