Grey Gardens coming to London

Thursday 17 May 2007

We promised to bring you more thoughts on the extraordinary Nicholas Hytner vs. The Critics kerfuffle but something far more interesting has come up.

Playbill reports that the 10-time Tony nominated Grey Gardens (the musical) is coming to London later this year, completed with its feted star Christine Ebersole.

By an amazing coincidence the Whingers took a trip to the NFT BFI Southbank on Monday to take in the original documentary movies: Grey Gardens and The Beales of Grey Gardens.

In case you don’t know: Grey Gardens is about two eccentric relatives of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis both of whom are called Edie (which is also – further amazing coincidence – the name of one of Andrew’s cats).

As the show’s website explains:

Once among the brightest names in the pre-Camelot social register, these two women became East Hampton’s most notorious recluses, living in a dilapidated 28-room mansion. Set in two eras – 1941 when the estate was in its prime and in 1973 when it was reduced to squalour – the musical tells the alternatiely hilarious and hartbreaking story of two indomitable women: Edith Bouvier Beale and her adult daughter “Little” Edie.

As Phil is fond of pointing out, the story of eccentric forgotten society people happily living in squalour among endless cats and spending their days singing showtunes to themselves has more resonance for Andrew than makes for comfortable viewing.

Oh well. It could be worse. He could be Phil.

Here’s a video about the Broadway show:

More videos here:

3 Responses to “Grey Gardens coming to London”

  1. I think you’ll enjoy the show. Christine Ebersole alone is worth the price of admission. She gives a virtuoso performance.

  2. Sean Says:

    Christine Ebersole was the best thing in this show, I’d love to see her again. I enjoyed it a lot, but I don’t think their story means quite the same thing to us Brits as it does to the Americans.

  3. I think it’s probably not a national thing; it think it’s a gay thing.

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