It’s been over two decades since Tom Kempinski wrote the much celebrated Duet for One, which examines the impact that a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis has upon the life of an acclaimed concert violinist.
Now this compelling and powerful drama comes to Watford Palace Theatre and if the story sounds vaguely familiar it’s because Kempinski based the story on the real life of cellist Jacqueline du Pré and how such a talent coped with the cruel ironies of life.
The two-hander stars two of the country’s most experienced actors. William Gaunt, for those of us with long memories, came to fame in the 1960s in the fantasy TV series, The Champions but has redeemed himself with a lengthy stage and screen career. He last appeared at Chichester over the summer in the chilling Brecht masterpiece, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Gaunt plays therapist Dr. Louis Feldman whose sessions with the musician helps the virtuoso come to terms with her disability. Playing opposite him is Haydn Gwynne, fresh from her multi-award-winning role in Billy Elliott the Musical and recently returned from New York, where she earned rave reviews playing Queen Elizabeth opposite Kevin Spacey’s Richard III,