A revival of David Hare's 1986 play about responsibility and values starring Penelope Wilton.
The play follows Valentina Nrovka, the one-time pupil of Matisse, who is called by the Hermitage in Leningrad to review whether a painting by Matisse is authentic. The drama explores family ties, politics and duty. Written by David Hare (Plenty, Amy's View), this revival production is directed by Richard Eyre.
Richard Eyre directs, and his dark, intense production feels like about as decent a fist of this play as you could expect whilst taking it on its own terms. But Hare’s ideas clunk and chug away laboriously...'
An artful but uneventful chamber piece saved by super performances...despite the best efforts of Richard Eyre’s classy revival, Bay at Nice remains very much a sketch rather than a finished painting.'