What is truth? In today’s crazy times, what can we learn from the past? Stars Ruby Bentall, Sean Rigby and Stephen Billington discuss the timeliness of Devil You Know’s first London revival of James Phillips’ award-winning espionage drama The Rubenstein Kiss. Watch our video interviews and show trailer – and then get booking!
The first London production since its 2005 premiere, The Rubenstein Kiss will have a limited season at Southwark Playhouse from 14 March to 13 April 2019, with a press night on 18 March.
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.
“At the moment, everything’s a mess and we’re incredibly divided… We’ve had this before. Let’s not go back to these crazy times”
“What interests me about David is his vulnerability and the conflicts that arise between the ideology he supports and the family he supports.”
“There’s a whole thing in the world right now about what is truth and what is lies. That’s quite a big theme in the play because you don’t really know who’s telling the truth… there’s a moral ambiguity there that’s really interesting.”
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!!