James Phillips’ award-winning drama The Rubenstein Kiss can now be seen for the first time in London since its 2005 premiere. What have critics – including Mates co-founder Mark Shenton – been saying about Joe Harmston’s timely spy revival? We’ve rounded up a selection of our favourite reviews below. Time to get booking!
1953. In the midst of the Cold War and with McCarthyism at its height, the world watched as Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sent to the electric chair for allegedly passing US atomic secrets to the Russians. They protested their innocence to the last.
James Phillips‘ multi award-winning play The Rubenstein Kiss is inspired by this haunting true story and is the study of conspiracy, betrayal and the interrogation of guilt. The semi-fictionalised Rubensteins are a deeply devoted Jewish couple whose Communist idealism leads to their word being torn apart by suspicion and treachery, which then echoes through the generations.
The Rubenstein Kiss stars Ruby Bentall and Henry Proffit as her Esther and Jakob Rubenstein, alongside Sean Rigby, Stephen Billington, Dario Coates, Katie Eldred and Eva-Jane Willis. Joe Harmston directs for Devil You Know Theatre.
The Rubenstein Kiss runs 14 March to 13 April 2019 at Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD. Performances are Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Tuesday and Saturday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are priced £22 (concessions £18). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!!