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Self-discovery and self-sabotage - The Graduate onstage in Malvern

Imogen Buller 19th Jun, 2017 Updated: 19th Sep, 2017

INSPIRED by a memorable soundtrack of sixties songs, this stylish new production of TheGraduate takes the audience on a journey of self-discovery and self-sabotage.

Iconic characters from Charles Webb’s novel and the classic film are brought to life in this black comedy by acclaimed director Lucy Bailey which came to Malvern from June 13 – 17.

When Benjamin returns from college to high expectations of a bright future in aspirational, middle-class America, the thought makes him sick to his stomach.

When he meets his parents’ best friend Mrs Robinson,  another disillusioned soul, their illicit relationship takes them on a thrillingly destructive journey that threatens everyone’s future happiness.

As he spends the summer drifting between hotel bedrooms, sleazy nightclubs and his parents’ swimming pool, Benjamin explores what being a young American is all about.

While the stage-play lacks the iconic Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack which gloriously enrobes the film, the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Curve co-production uses projections and light cleverly to create a truly intoxicating atmosphere onstage.

Catherine McCormack starred as Mrs Robinson, while opposite her Jack Monaghan played Benjamin. The pair really stole the show as their sordid and complicated affair poisoned both their own lives and the lives of everyone around them.

The cast was completed with Emma Curtis playing the naive and fresh-faced Elaine, Tom Hodgkins as Mr Braddock, Rebecca Charles as Mrs Braddock and Richard Clothier playing Mr Robinson.

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