Kathleen Turner to star in Bakersfield Mist at the Duchess theatre in London

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Hollywood star Kathleen Turner returns to the London stage to perform alongside legendary theatre veteran an McDiarmid in Bakersfield Mist at the Duchess theatre in London

Kathleen Turner in Bakersfield Mist at the Duchess Theatre in London

Kathleen Turner to star in Bakersgield Mist at the Duchess theatre in London

Bakersfield Mist marks the return to the London stage of multi award-winning Hollywood actress Kathleen Turner for the first time since her acclaimed performance in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Tickets for Bakersfield Mist at the Duchess theatre in London are on sale now.

Comedy play Bakersfield Mist previews at the Duchess theatre in London from the 10th May with the official opening gala night scheduled for the 24th May 2014.

Stephen Sachs’ two-person comedy Bakersfield Mist was a huge hit at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles. Sachs was inspired to write the play following the 2006 Harry Moses documentary about a trucker who buys what may be an original painting by world famous artist Jackson Pollock for just $3.

Kathleen Turner famously stars in Friends as Chandler Bing’s cross-dressing father Charles Bing, however is probably best known for numerous hit films, including Body Heat (1981), Romancing the Stone with Michael Douglas (1984), and Prizzi’s Honor (1985), the latter two earning her a Golden Globe for Best Actress. She has also starred in The War of the Roses with Danny De Vito (1989), Serial Mom (1994) and Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

More recently Kathleen’s theatre performances have seen her being nominated for the Tony Award twice for her Broadway roles as Maggie in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof and as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

Bakersfield Mist also stars veteran Scottish theatre actor, Ian McDiarmid renowned for his theatre work, Ian is an Olivier and Tony Award winner for his performances in Life of Galileo and faith Healer. Ian has appeared in 47 films since 1976, but perhaps best known for his role in the Star Wars film series as Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine.

Bakersfield Mist is about a meeting between foul-mouthed, unemployed, trailer park-dwelling Maude Gutman, a fifty-something bar-tender who believes the painting she bought in a thrift store for $3 is really an undiscovered masterpiece worth millions, despite nearly trashing it and a stuffy New York art expert, Lionel Percy. Percy is a world-renown art expert who arrives from New York to authenticate the painting and evaluate the work, little does he know what he’s let himself in for. The drama is fiery and passionate and the comedy hilarious as they debate over class, truth, value, and the meaning of art.

Bakersfield Mist at the Duchess theatre is booking for a strictly limited season only until the 30th August 2014, so book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.