Based on the Charles Webb’s novel, The Graduate sees an educated young man swept into an illicit encounter with an older married woman, setting them both on a thrillingly destructive course. This is the play’s first revival since its West End run at the Gielgud in 2000 and is on a strictly limited tour, playing Leeds, Leicester, Malvern and finally in Cardiff.
Catherine McCormack takes on the iconic role of Mrs Robinson, a role made famous by Anne Bancroft, in the film version, which was released 50 years ago. She has worked extensively in film, television and theatre and is perhaps best known for her starring roles in the multiple Academy Award-winning film Braveheart with Mel Gibson, and Spy Game with Brad Pitt, as well as receiving an Olivier Award nomination for her role in All My Sons at the National Theatre, alongside Julie Walters.
Jack Monaghan stars as Benjamin, who was the lead role in the record-breaking West End production of War Horse, as well as featuring in Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror and Richard Curtis’ film About Time.
The cast is completed by Emma Curtis playing Elaine, Tom Hodgkins as Mr Braddock, Rebecca Charles as Mrs Braddock and Richard Clothier playing Mr Robinson.
Director Lucy Bailey said: “The Graduate is a satire on the values and life style of middle class suburban America. The world seen through Benjamin’s eyes is a heightened surreal version of reality, at times grotesques and absurd. It’s a coming of age play – painfully funny and deeply human.”
The Graduate is adapted by Terry Johnson, based on the novel by Charles Webb and the motion picture screenplay by Calder Willingham & Buck Henry by special arrangement with StudioCanal.
The Graduate plays at the New Theatre from June 20 – 24 to book tickets visit http://www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk or call the Box Office on (029) 2087 8889.