Scenes from a Marriage – at the St James Theatre


Scenes from a Marriage is a portrait of extraordinary intimacy and a searchingly honest and moving love story. We follow Johan and Marianne from their seemingly perfect happy marriage through betrayal and loss to warring contenders in divorce and beyond.

“Trevor Nunn returns to direct Scenes from a Marriage in the intimate setting of the St James Theatre, having originally directed it five years ago to open the new small space at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. Trevor Nunn is one of the UK’s leading theatre, film and television directors. He has been Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre....

Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage was originally created for television and has acquired classic status inspiring many other films and directors.  This adaptation for the stage by Joanna Murray-Smith (whose play Honour enjoyed a major success at the National Theatre and in the West End) is an emotionally powerful and compulsively visceral exploration of what happens when a marriage disintegrates.” – from the St James Theatre website

I’ve seen this and reckon that as soon as it is reviewed it will be sold out. One of the theatrical events of the year – and, for the present, all seats including top price, are reduced to £24.

As well as being directed by Trevor Nunn, the play features Olivia Williams and Mark Bazeley in the lead roles. It’s based on Ingmar Bergman's film of the same name – one of his finest and very highly ranked on IMDB.

This is a play for grown-ups. It covers ten years years in the roller-coaster married life of Marianne and Johan; he’s a lecturer, she’s a family lawyer. It is a brutally honest script but with a surprising number of laughs. This production is taut and precise by one of our finest directors. The leading actors are electrifying and will certainly be in line for awards.

Meetup members should buy their own tickets – as soon as possible because word will get around. Love Theatre has seats on all tiers available for £24. Make sure you click on “Apply Special Offer” to take advantage of the reduction.

If you’re open to sitting next to another member, feel free to mention your seat number in the comments below, for group members who might want to book a neighbouring seat.

We’ll meet in the bar from 6.15 pm, at the end furthest from the box office. I’ll wear a Meetup lapel badge. There’s a pub next door we can retreat to next door after the play. This is a play you will want to argue about! 

                                                    (Photo by Richard Matthews)

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  • Karen B

    Very engaging and interesting play. Well acted. Raw and gutsy. Close to the bone at times! Also loved Marianne's dresses! Enjoyable drink and discussion after. Nice to meet everyone.

    October 6, 2013

  • Richard C.

    I really admired this serious production, so professionally acted and with such commitment. Great too that a core of us could chat about it afterwards in the pub next door which was noisy but still bearable. Good night out and good company!

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • neela B.

    It was great. The play is well acted, well directed and make one think. very existential

    October 5, 2013

  • Nil

    We managed to find 6 out of the 11 people supposed to come today. After the show, we'll meet up again on the main door. If you couldn't find us before, feel free to come and say hi.

    October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Seen it. Thought it was very good, so hopefully all will enjoy!

    October 3, 2013

  • neela B.

    Hi I will be joining you all. looking forward to it. This is my first meeting. I look forward to many more

    September 30, 2013

  • Richard C.

    **** The Independent: "With the caveat that it may not provide the ideal fare for dating couples or for wedding anniversary treats, Nunn's production is to be strongly recommended."

    ** The Guardian: "If you are up for watching the smug middle classes having a serious bad time, this is the play."

    There are still seats in the front stalls at £24 (reduced from £46) for our night of October 4th. See:
    http://www.lovetheatre.com/tick...
    Make sure you click on 'Apply Special Offer'.

    September 26, 2013

  • Elfira

    Sounds like a great play, reasonably priced too.

    September 26, 2013

  • Richard C.

    **** Time Out: "As Marianne, a divorce lawyer, Olivia Williams is extraordinary – allowing her emotions to play themselves out to the full through her words and body language, every twitch and smile a subtext to what’s just been said. And while Mark Bazeley’s Johan has the hard task of going from cheerfully repellent arrogance to reprehensible self-pity, he never fails to make the audience utterly immersed in his predicament – the chemistry between him and Williams is pitch perfect... this is a fascinating, compelling evening – couples go and see it if you dare."

    September 25, 2013

  • Richard C.

    **** Daily Telegraph: "Nunn’s starkly elegant production maintains an exquisite emotional balance between the clinical and the human, punctuating scenes of alienation and distress with moments of sunny ordinariness – home video clips of children’s birthdays, trips to the park, family holidays. Olivia Williams and Mark Bazeley are perfectly matched as Marianne and Johan, playing out the couple’s ambiguous disintegration with luminous conviction. "

    September 25, 2013

  • Richard C.

    **** Evening Standard: "... the keynote of Nunn’s interpretation is an aching intimacy. The leads have a strong chemistry. Bazeley brings a lovely dryness to the narcissistic Johan, yet he also suggests deep reserves of vulnerability. He spars brilliantly with Williams. They’re articulate and plausible and sometimes very irritating, sinking their teeth into the pithy lines. The result is a far from easy experience — and would be a high-risk choice for a date — but it’s an absorbing piece of theatre that slowly, relentlessly gets under your skin."

    There are still seats in the front stalls at £24 (reduced from £46) for our night of October 4th. See:
    http://www.lovetheatre.com/tickets/3497/Scenes-From-A-Marriage?gclid=CNOV8dz-5rkCFRIPtAodR3MA3w
    Make sure you click on 'Apply Special Offer'.

    September 25, 2013

  • Richard C.

    Due to the illness of Mark Bazeley (the male lead) the theatre has had to cancel performances on Monday-Thursday of this week, 16-19 Sept. (I've never known this to happen before!) Those with booked seats are being offered tickets later in the run which may affect availability on October 4th. So if you want to join us, book early. - Richard.

    September 16, 2013

  • Kevin

    Stalls, seat C23

    September 16, 2013

  • Richard C.

    I'm in seat D25 (4th row, £46 ticket for £24!) This new theatre is almost entirely one steeply raked area, front stalls are best but as it only holds 300, there are no bad seats and acoustics are good.

    September 15, 2013

  • Karen B

    Super- been wanting to see this. Great offer price too.

    September 15, 2013

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