The Bay At Nice

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Richard Eyre directs Penelope Wilton & Ophelia Lovibond in the first London revival of David Hare’The Bay At Nice since its premiere at the National Theatre in 1986.

Exploring a mother and daughter’s fight for personal ideals and domestic responsibilities, as well as the choices made both in life and art, The Bay At Nice is a battle of duty and desire.

The Bay At Nice is booking until 14 May 2019 at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London.


In Leningrad in 1956, Valentina Nrovka has been invited to the Hermitage to offer her opinion on the authenticity of a Matisse painting, as she knew the great artist personally. Her daughter Sophia, also a painter, meets her there to seek her mother’s help, both financially and politically.


The cast features Martin Hutson Titus Andronicus and Julius Caesar (RSC); Ophelia Lovibond Nightfall (The Bridge), W1A; David Rintoul Hamlet (Almeida/Harold Pinter), HBO series Game of Thrones, Netflix series The Crown; and Penelope Wilton Taken at Midnight (Theatre Royal Haymarket – Olivier Award for Best Actress), Isobel Crawley in ITV series Downton Abbey, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.


Written by David Hare with direction by Richard Eyre, set & costume by Fotini Dimou, lighting by Paul Pyant and sound by Gregory Clarke.


★★★★ “A truly fearsome Penelope Wilton and rising star Ophelia Lovibond lead a top-notch cast”– Daily Mail
★★★★ “a shining little joy”– WhatsOnStage
★★★★ Mail on Sunday
★★★★ Guardian
“Superb Performances”– Daily Telegraph
“A fine chance to relish watching Penelope Wilton do what she does best”– Evening Standard

Performance Schedule

Theatre Information

Menier Chocolate Factory
Address: 53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU
Nearest Underground: London Bridge (Northern line, Jubilee line)
Nearest Buses: 17, 21, 35, 40, 43, 47, 48, 133, 141, 149, 343, 381, 521

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