The heartwarming tale of an unlikely friendship, 20 years since apartheid in South Africa.
Lara Foot’s poignant and entertaining production tells the story of the unlikely friendship between Marion, played by Oscar-nominated actress, Janet Suzman, and Solomon, the grandson of Marion’s former servant, played by the engaging young actor, Khayalethu Anthony.
As the new South Africa braces itself for the inevitable protests and unrest that precede the 2010 World Cup finals, hope enters Marion’s lonely life in the form of Solomon. He says he wants to take care of her but what is his true motive?
“Janet Suzman, as Marion, is impeccable throughout […] It’s a joy to watch an actor at the top of her game in a piece of work she is completely suited to.”
Behind the Arras
“The Rep Studio is fast becoming one of my favourite small theatre spaces in the midlands and its latest production confirms this view bigtime. Because with Solomon and Marion it’s hosting an intriguing miniature masterpiece, a subtle seventy five minutes of first class edge of the seat theatre”.
“Suzman makes it look so effortless. She really is one of the world’s great women actors.”
“Solomon And Marion is a fine jewel.”
“A poignant tale of struggle and redemption.”
Witty, Endearing, Unforgettable.
The Gay UK
“The performances by Suzman and Khayalethu Anthony […] are an exquisitely judged blend of guts and delicacy.”
“Suzman and Anthony trace their growing intimacy with beautiful precision and Foot’s production is a work of distilled potency.”
“A pair of excellent performances, both strong and moving.”
“It is a play that deserves to be seen.”
The Public Reviews
“[Suzman] is an undeniably accomplished stage presence, emanating warmth in even her steeliest moments.”
“A masterclass in emotive storytelling.”
Stage Talk Magazine
“This is a production just right for Birmingham.”
The Birmingham Press
Reviews from Edinburgh
“Dame Janet Suzman is outstanding in the deeply troubling but absolutely necessary play”
“Deeply touching and optimistic”
What’s On Stage
“A real pleasure to watch”
The Edinburgh Reporter
Leila and Harvey Woolf (Audience Members)
“An excellent example of how strong and complex emotions – love, fear, compassion, suspicion, loneliness, hope – can be portrayed naturally, convincingly, succinctly, and with humour. Both the sensitively played characters had survived national turmoil and we’re striving to come to terms with their private grief. Despite the sadness and uncertainties, we were left with a sense of optimism for the future. Two people with very different backgrounds but with a shared experience are able to form a caring and respectful relationship”.
Watch our interview with Janet Suzman
The STUDIO at The REP
- Address: Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP
The REP’s newest auditorium. The STUDIO seats 300 people. Wheelchair seating is available.
The STUDIO is a highly flexible performance space and stands by the entrance to the Library Of Birmingham.
- Box Office: 0121 236 4455
Past events in this season
A remarkable picture of a South African township
A vibrant celebration of life that will have you dancing along
Dame Janet Suzman reflects on her life and career.