“The fashionables…They just want to know if a painting’s hot. Whether it will gain. They’ve got one or two facts. And they string them out like they were classicists…”

Turner, the English romantic landscape artist and ‘painter of light’, was a man obsessed. Intensley prolific he was heavily reliant on his father, deeply affected by his mother’s rejections and isolated from the usual breed of artists.

“English painting is dead. Dealers making fortunes out of sentimental dross. Dogs. Cherubs.”

Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s Her Naked Skin was at the National Theatre in 2008. Her first play, Soho – a Tale of Table Dancers opened Arcola Theatre in 2001. Other Arcola productions include adaptations of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People and Ghosts. The Night Season, which opened at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe in 2004, received the Critics’ Circle’s Most Promising Playwright Award and was nominated for the Charles Wintour Evening Standard Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Other plays include Shoreditch Madonna (Soho Theatre), Faeries (ROH Linbury Theatre and Theatre Royal Bath) and The Soldier’s Tale (Old Vic).

PLEASE NOTE: These performances will take place at the new Arcola Theatre – 24 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL with a new start time for Studio 1 shows of 7.30pm.

The Painter

By Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Directed by Mehmet Ergen
Designed by Ben Stones
Lighting by Emma Chapman

Music and Sound by Adrienne Quartly

Toby Jones as Turner

Cast also includes:
Amanda Boxer
Jim Bywater

Niamh Cusack
Denise Gough
Ian Midlane


Toby Jones image (after Turner Self Portrait) by Simon Annand

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