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The Mentor tickets

F. Murray Abraham stars in Laurence Boswell’s acclaimed transfer of The Mentor. Open at Vaudeville Theatre for a limited run, the show officially opened on the 4th July 2017.

Set in an art nouveau villa that is falling apart, somewhere in the German countryside, two huge personalities are on course to clash in this witty and enthralling comedy about artists, their art and the legacy of fame.

The Mentor is directed by the Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio, Laurence Boswell. Boswell not only has previously won an Olivier Award in recognition of his work, but also led the play to a record-breaking run earlier this year at the studios.

Originally written by the acclaimed author Daniel Kehlmann, this new version is based on a translation by the Academy Award-winning Christopher Hampton, marking the first time that his play has been performed outside of his native country.

The Mentor stars Academy Award winning Actor F. Murray Abraham, who is best known for his role as Salieri in the breath-taking masterpiece Amadeus. He is a star of both stage and screen, having also appeared in Othello, Richard III and Uncle Vanya, the latter of which helped him achieve an Obie Award for Best Actor.

The Mentor also features Daniel Weyman (Kafka’s Dick, King Lear) as Martin Wenger, Naomi Frederick (Hobson’s Choice, The Heresy of Love) as Gina Wenger and Jonathan Cullen (Trouble in Mind, Enemy of the People) as Erqin Rudicek.

The play is directed by Laurence Boswell. Boswell is an Associate Artist of the RSC and Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio, who has recently seen success with productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Theatre Royal and Trouble in the Mind in the Ustinov Studio.

The Mentor is set to be one of the most exciting new openings of 2017 and is not to be missed. Performances are set to run from 24th June 2017 until 2nd September 2017.

Performance dates: 01 Sep 2017 - 26 Aug 2017

Running time: 90 minutes (no interval)

Age recommendation: May not be suitable for young children

Special notice: The Mentor is a great new show for those who love challenging and witty comedy. It is also a rare chance to see the acclaimed actor F Murray Abraham on the London stage, and certainly should not be missed.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: The Vaudeville Theatre is quite a small West End theatre, so you can generally get good views throughout the Stalls, even at the rear.

The Dress Circle has pillars in Rows K & F which does cause some restrictions to seats around it, but generally views are good, particularly as this section does not have a safety rail. The Upper Circle is quite high but gives the cheapest seats.

Latest audience reviews

Really enjoyed this play, especially with the fabulous acting talent of F Murray Abraham, a real treat.... More

tapwhizz 26 Nov 2017

Really enjoyed this play, especially with the fabulous acting talent of F Murray Abraham, a real treat. The reviews were not so great which surprised me. I'm glad I read up about this show before seeing it because it was a bit convoluted.

tapwhizz 26 Nov 2017

I really enjoyed the production of The Mentor and it was a treat to see the Oscar winner F Murray Abraham... More

joc78 Top 10 reviewer28 Jun 2017

I really enjoyed the production of The Mentor and it was a treat to see the Oscar winner F Murray Abraham at the age of 77 perform in the West End. It’s a very short play running at just about 75 minutes so it flew by! The dialogue was sharp and witty and the acting of a good quality and standard. Well worth going to see if you can get a ticket.

joc78 Top 10 reviewer28 Jun 2017

I was sad to see the theatre with so many empty seats. It was fun and I enjoyed both the performances... More

debrawild Top 200 reviewer23 Aug 2017

I was sad to see the theatre with so many empty seats. It was fun and I enjoyed both the performances & subject matter. I would recommend but there are only a few days left.

debrawild Top 200 reviewer23 Aug 2017

The highlight was definitely the performance of F. Murray Abraham, who was fantastic! The rest of the... More

londontheatrefan Top 100 reviewer23 Aug 2017

The highlight was definitely the performance of F. Murray Abraham, who was fantastic! The rest of the cast were good too, and I liked the set design. But the play itself was rather lightweight, though provided a lot of humorous moments.

londontheatrefan Top 100 reviewer23 Aug 2017

The show opens with a young(-ish) writer receiving an award, named for an older mentor; most of the rest... More

u2fancat Top 200 reviewer03 Jul 2017

The show opens with a young(-ish) writer receiving an award, named for an older mentor; most of the rest of the story is told as a flashback to when they stayed at the same villa, as part of a mentoring programme, the older writer (F. Murray Abraham) giving guidance to the younger. But in a play about writers (written, of course, by another writer), how can we be sure how much to believe of the story we're being spun..? Fabulously witty, frequently hilarious. I loved this. A lovely couple of scenes illustrate how both youth and age can be obnoxious, demanding and throwing hissy fits, and a hapless employee is made to dance attendance to the side, patently not part of the great circle of Artists. And as the story progresses, we become unsure what the purpose of the story even is. The twist in the tale..? Absolutely delicious. Yes, definitely recommended - runs until 2 September.

u2fancat Top 200 reviewer03 Jul 2017

It was the actor F Murray Abraham I went to see this show and turned out very good. 90 minutes length... More

ohmrli 17 Jul 2017

It was the actor F Murray Abraham I went to see this show and turned out very good. 90 minutes length is right time and straight goes down in one go without interval.

ohmrli 17 Jul 2017
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