Audiences have until just 18 November to see Hollywood and Broadway icon Stockard Channing star in the new critically acclaimed production of Olivier Award winner Alexi Kaye Campbell’s drama Apologia, (“sharply satirical and searching” Mail on Sunday) at Trafalgar Studios. Directed by the multi-award winning Jamie Lloyd (“with flair” The Times), Apologia has received standing ovations throughout its run and is not to be missed.
Tony and Emmy Award winning actor Channing (“superb” Evening Standard) performs in this
haunting play about family and its secrets alongside co-stars Freema Agyeman (“terrific oomph”
The Times) and Laura Carmichael, (“excellent” The Guardian) who was recently nominated for
Best Supporting Actress in a New Production of a Play in the BroadwayWorld UK Awards for her
role. Completing the cast are Joseph Millson (“powerfully restrained” British Theatre) and Olivier
Award winner Desmond Barrit (“hilarious” Mail on Sunday).
Apologia sees Channing performing in the West End for the first time in over a decade.
Channing’s hugely popular film and TV credits include starring roles in The West Wing, The Good
Wife, her Oscar® and Golden Globe nominated role in Six Degrees of Separation, and the iconic
role of Rizzo in the film Grease. An acclaimed Broadway and West End star, Channing’s most
recent performances on Broadway, It’s Only a Play and Other Desert Cities (a “peerless”
performance – NY Times, for which she was nominated for her seventh Tony Award), have
affirmed her position as a true theatrical legend.
Apologia is a compelling, witty, topical and passionate play about the importance of family,
generations, secrets and warring perspectives. Critics have been overwhelmingly positive in their
response, and Apologia has received four star reviews across The Arts Desk, City AM, The Daily
Express, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Mail on Sunday, Metro, and The Times. London
Theatre calls it “smart, powerful and poignant”, The Stage describes it as “funny, defiant and
moving,” while Metro says, “Channing triumphs. Gripping.”
Kristin Miller (Channing) a firebrand liberal matriarch of a dynamic family is presiding over her
birthday celebrations. An eminent art historian, Kristin’s almost evangelical dedication to her
career and her political activism has resulted in her sons – Peter, a merchant banker, and Simon, a
writer – harbouring deeply rooted and barely suppressed resentments towards her. The fissures
in her relationship with them are brought to the fore by the recent publication of her memoir.
As the evening unfolds through barbed humour, Kristin’s family and friends, and ultimately Kristin
herself, question their achievements and choices, and whether they were worth the sacrifices
they made. In the increasingly fragmented political turmoil of today’s landscape these questions
have never seemed more relevant and will strike a chord with audiences.
REVIEW: Apologia (Trafalgar Studios) ★★★★