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    The Blue Room
    Jason Connery and Tracy Shaw
    Jason Connery and Tracy Shaw in The Blue Room

    Think of David Hare's The Blue Room and you think of nudity. But there's more to it than that. Now you have the chance to find out as the national tour, starring Jason Connery and Tracy Shaw, arrives in Milton Keynes.

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    The Blue Room - review

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    14-19 April 2003

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    David Hare's skilful adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's notorious erotic masterpiece La Ronde caused a sensation when it opened at London's Donmar in 1998 starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Sam Mendes, and it repeated its success when it moved to Broadway later in the same year.
    Tracy Shaw and Jason Connery
    Tracy and Jason in The Blue Room

    The play follows a chain of sexual encounters between an intriguingly diverse selection of characters as they search for the perfect liaison, and, in one of theatre's great challenges, the two actors play all the parts.

    Girl meets boy, meets girl, meets boy. Through an amazing series of 10 vignettes, The Blue Room tells a circular story of seduction in which ten different couples seek intimacy and love but will they find what they are looking for?

    When La Ronde premiered in Germany in 1921 the play was closed down by the police and the actors arrested and put on trial.

    Luckily, for Tracy Shaw and Jason Connery, the stars of this new production, attitudes to censorship may have changed since then, but human beings, their vulnerability and their need for love have not.

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    The roles in the play are very different from the actors last work though. Jason Connery is known for the lead role in Robin of Sherwood, but this is his first stage appearance for two years and it brings him back to Britain after many years of film and television work in America.

    Meanwhile, Tracy Shaw played the part of Maxine Peacock in Coronation Street since 1995, before her dramatic exit at the hands of serial killer Richard Hillman, shortly after Christmas this year.

    Tracy is a keen fan of David Hare's adaptation and said "Everybody knows the play for its nudity but it is much more than that - it is an incredible piece of theatre".

    Jason Connery and Tracy Shaw
    Is this the perfect liaison?

    Meanwhile Jason Connery said "I am really excited about coming back to perform in the UK and Ireland, and particularly to take this great David Hare piece on tour so that it can be seen outside London".

    Sir David Hare's many plays, including Racing Demon, Plenty and Amy's View, have been staged throughout the world. This new production is directed by Joe Harmston, whose numerous credits include Pinter's The Birthday Party starring Prunella Scales and Timonthy West, which toured the UK before transferring to the West End.

    The play contains strong language and strong ideas. Not for the easily offended.

    Jason Connery Jason Connery
    A ROOM TO MANOUVRE Find out more about The Blue Room in our interview with Jason Connery.


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