The Woman Before

Royal Court Theatre

Written by Roland Schimmelpfennig

Directed by Richard Wilson

Synopsis

The play centers on the lives of Frank and Claudia who have been married 19 years and are packing their household belongings. Their move is complicated by the arrival of Romy Vogtlaender whom a teenaged Frank promised to love forever. Now she has returned to claim possession of her man. As Romy and Claudia both stake their for claims Frank, a Pinterish battle for ownership ensues via terse dialogue and cinematic-like bits of information and narrative that flash back and forth in time turning these relationships into a disquieting drama. A romance between Frank and Claudia’s teenage son Andreas and his teenage girlfriend Tina echoes Frank’s past relationship with Romy. In the end, Romy feels she must destroy all signs of Frank’s marriage in order for her bond of love with Frank to survive and to give herself hope for a renewed life.

Tom's role

Andi (previous actor dropped out and Tom had 1 week to prepare for the role)

Richard Wilson directs with exemplary, understated assurance, his strong cast bolstered by a promising professional debut from Tom Riley as Andi. The Telegraph

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Dates

12 MAY - 18 JUNE 2005

Links

Royal Court Theatre

The Stage interview

Interview with Roland Schimmelpfennig

Georgia Taylor fansite: play text excerpts

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The Stage Features: Tom Riley 03/11/2008