As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Wednesday 8 May 2019, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock talks to the company of the UK premiere of The Glass Piano, running at The Print Room at the Coronet. Got any questions?
This sounds like such a fascinating piece – and I’m looking forward to making my Q&A debut at the Coronet. Now a beautiful theatre, I also have such fond memories of seeing films at this renowned address when I used to live in west London and it was my local cinema.
In The Glass Piano, receiving its world premiere at the Print Room at the Coronet, Princess Alexandra thought her life would never change, living in the palace with her father, the hopeless poet King Ludwig, her maid Galstina, and glimpses of her mother as she runs across the lawn.
And of course, there’s the matter of the grand piano made of glass that she swallowed as a child, sitting inside her at all times. But when Lucien Bonaparte arrives, suddenly anything seems possible…
Laced with dry humour, Alix Sobler’s accomplished play transports you to a 19th-century Bavarian palace to find four characters trapped by their situations, and prevented from fulfilling their dreams of love.
The Glass Piano is directed by Max Key, who was Olivier nominated for It Is Easy To Be Dead at Trafalgar Studios, described by Michael Billington as “a beautifully orchestrated production” in a five-star Guardian review.
Princess Alexandra is played by Grace Molony (Best Actress at The Stage Debut Awards in 2017) alongside Timothy Walker, Laurence Ubong Williams and Olivier Award winner Suzan Sylvester. A new lyrical score, composed by Gabriel Prokofiev (grandson of Sergei Prokofiev), is played live on stage by prize-winning concert pianist Elizabeth Rossiter.