Ruby Bentall talks about sensuality, sexuality and betrayal in THE RUBENSTEIN KISS

Name: Ruby Bentall
Name of show: The Rubenstein Kiss
Venue: Southwark Playhouse
Dates of run: until 13 April 2019

Can you tell me about the show?
The play is based on the true story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, (fictionalised as Esther and Jakob Rubenstein) a devoted Jewish couple and a pair of communist idealists who were executed for allegedly giving atomic secrets to the Russians in the 50s. The play explores the impact of their decisions on their family through the generations. Its powerful and moving drama.

What part do you play in the show and where does it fit in to the story?
I really love my interrogation scene with FBI agent Cranmer because my character Esther Rubenstein is really powerful and ballsy in that scene and that’s not often something I get to play.

What has been a highlight of your career so far?
Being at the National Theatre when I was 19 as I met my best friend. It was also where I felt I peaked in my work in Dennis Kelly’s play DNA playing Leah.

Who are your biggest inspirations inside and outside of the industry?
Inside: Philip Seymore Hoffman because he is the best actor ever… He could show such vulnerability on screen which you don’t often see in men. As well as a great character actor. Outside: Charlotte Bronti because she lived in the country and fought for what she wanted in a Male Diminated world.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
At the 5 minute call I like to go to the loo…

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?
‘Don’t play that song for me’ by Aretha Franklin

What’s so special about this production and why should audiences come to see it?
The story is such an interesting tale that is poignant for the audience. It is story of sensuality, sexuality and betrayal. It examines the impact of choices people can make and whether an idea can really outlive us.

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