Overview of the production
As their husbands clash over an international crisis,
the first ladies of France and America find themselves
alone together in a side room.
Friends, or enemies? When the stakes are so high,
can they trust each other?
Can they trust their husbands?
Cast includes award-winning stage and screen actor Zoë Wanamaker who is re-united with director Nicholas Hytner for her Bridge debut and Zrinka Cvitešić who returns to the London stage after her Olivier award-winning performance in Once.
Irish playwright Nancy Harris won acclaim for Our New Girl at the Bush and the Stewart Parker award for her first full-length play No Romance in 2012. Her new play The Beacon is opening at the Druid Theatre in Galway, Ireland, in the same week as Two Ladies.
£69.50, £55, £39.50, £25, £15
Reduced prices for previews & midweek matinees
Premium tickets available
Monday to Saturday 7.30pm, Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm
Wednesday 25 September 7pm
Approximately 1 hour 40 minutes, without an interval
This production contains haze effects and graphic description of sexual assault.
Training Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Television includes Hamlet (as Gertrude) and Trade for the RSC; Wings at the Young Vic; Bodies, Torn, Clybourne Park (also West End) and 93.2FM at the Royal Court; The Oresteia (also at Trafalgar Studios) for the Almeida; Little Light at the Orange Tree, Richmond; Medea, Blurred Lines and Damned by Despair at the National Theatre; Crowning Glory, The Big Life, Da Boyz, Funny Black Women on the Edge, Shoot 2 Win and One Dance Will Do at Theatre Royal Stratford East; The Fear at the Bush; Short Fuses at Bristol Old Vic; The Weave at Soho Theatre; Itsy Bitsy Spider and Anansi Steals the Wind for Talawa; Up Against the Wall for Black Theatre Company; Once on This Island at Hackney Empire and on tour.
Television includes The Devils, Press, 30 Years of French and Saunders, Stella, Behaviour, Ill Behaviour, Doctors, Holby City, Chewing Gum, True Love, Outnumbered, The Catherine Tate Show, The Bill, The Vivienne Vyle Show, The Ronnie Ancona Show, French and Saunders (series regular), Family Business, Jailbirds, Murder Most Horrid, Casualty, Dangerfield and Anna Lee.
Film includes Sulphur & White, The Jungle Book, Why Hide, The Lady in the Van, Taking Stock, Les Misérables, Gambit, World War Z and Little Soldier.
Training Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Theatre includes How to Hold Your Breath at the Royal Court and Mary, the Last Farewell for Cutting Edge.
Television includes The State and Collateral.
Film includes Ignacio de Loyola, and the short films Adnan, Contenders, Bitter Sea and Bubble.
Audio Bird Summons, Arabian Nights (volumes 1 & 2), Nujeen and Welcome to Zaatari.
Training Academy of Drama Arts, Zagreb.
Theatre includes Once in the West End (Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, He Who Sings Means No Evil (Croatian Academy Award for Best Actress), War and Peace, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Danton’s Death, The Threepenny Opera, The Importance of Being Earnest, Three Sisters, Crave, Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story for Croatian National Theatre; Rabbit Hole for Planet Art; A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Comedy Theatre, Zagreb, EPA nomination for Best Actress; and The Oresteia for Dubrovnik Summer Festival/Croatian National Theatre.
Television includes Capital, London Spy, Veliko Spremanje, The Lady Musketeer and Vratice Se Rode.
Film includes Bearing Witness, Lost in London, My Beautiful Country, Vegetarian Cannibal, Chocolate Cake, On the Path (Shooting Star Award at Berlin Film Festival), Bella Biondina, Omnibus: Stories of Zagreb – Game Over, Caffe Auschwitz, I Love You, What is a Man Without a Moustache? (Heart of Sarajevo Film Festival Award for Best Actress), Horseman (Konjanik) and
Theatre includes Mosquitoes at the National Theatre; B.A.B.A.R. (Le Transparent Noir) at Théâtre du Rond Point; The Three Musketeers at Théâtre de la Madeleine/Théâtre du Palais Royal; The Tragedy of Hamlet and Huckleberry Finn at Théâtre de Ménilmontant; Push Up at Le Centquatre; and Espejo for Les Bouches Cousues.
Television includes The Widow, Silent Witness, Une Belle Histoire, No Second Chance, En Famille, Detectives, Bamako Saint Africa and H-Man.
Film includes Merrick, W.A.K.A., Head Above Water and Les Goûts et les Couleurs.
Training Classe Libre, Paris.
Theatre includes, in France, Burning Cars, Hamlet and Juste la Fin du Monde.
Film Je Suis Chez Moi and Lenny (title role).
Theatre includes Boxes at Southwark Playhouse; Checkpoint Chana at the Finborough; The Mighty Walzer at Royal Exchange Manchester; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time for the National Theatre and West End; The Lottery for Bury Court Opera; Daisy Pulls it Off for the Gatehouse; Treasure Island at Dukes Lancaster; Bloodhound and The Glass Slipper for Northern Stage; Perfect Strangers at Stratford Festival; The Family Reunion at the Donmar Warehouse; Little Wolf and Hard Love at Hampstead; Needle at Soho; Sweet Dreams for Sphinx; Strange Love at the Young Vic; Brassed Off at York Theatre Royal; I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls at the Tricycle/Watermill Newbury; Pinocchio at Regent’s Park; Twelfth Night at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick; Private Lives at Hackney Empire; Little Shop of Horrors at Basingstoke Haymarket; Night Swimming at the Nuffield, Southampton; The Great Gatsby at New End; The Diary of Anne Frank at Harrogate; and Overruled at the King’s Head.
Television includes Bancroft, Emmerdale, Relentless, Family Affairs (series regular), The Bookworm and Sabbat..
Film A Place for Everything, The Divorce, Shark and Redemption Day (for release 2020).
Radio Middle Eastern Cookbook and Sabbat.
Theatre includes As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet for Shakespeare in the Square; Will Tuckett’s Elizabeth (as Elizabeth I) at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House; Gasping and Lady Windermere’s Fan in the West End; The Secret Life of Swift & Gulliver on tour/Riverside Studios; The Duchess of Malfi, Woman in Mind and Hamletmachine at the Edinburgh Lyceum; The Threepenny Opera, Julius Caesar and The Bright and Bold Design at the New Vic; The Secret Garden for the Tobacco Factory, Bristol; A Taste of Honey, Skinned, Alchemy in the UK and The Grizzled Skipper at the Nuffield, Southampton; She Stoops to Conquer and The Bandwagon for New Farnham Rep; The Tragical Historie Tour and Come On, Jeeves! at Chester Gateway; Shakespeare for Everyone for the RSC; and Moments of Madness with Volcano Theatre Company.
Film & television include Thessalus and Medea, La Solution Imaginaire and
The Ink Thief.
Audio books The Tartarus Gate and The Island of Lost Souls (Doctor Who), Snow Blind, Death Trap! and Seven Days to the Grave.
Theatre includes The Birthday Party at the Harold Pinter Theatre; Elegy at the Donmar Warehouse; All On Her Own/Harlequinade in the West End; Zorba the Greek, Awake and Sing (Drama Desk and Joan Cullman Awards), Loot and Electra in New York (also Princeton, Chichester and Donmar Warehouse; Olivier Best Actress Award); title role in Stevie at Chichester; Passion Play, All My Sons (whatsonstage Best Actress Award), and title role in Sylvia in the West End; The Cherry Orchard, Much Ado About Nothing, The Rose Tattoo, His Girl Friday, Battle Royal, The Crucible, Mrs Klein, The Bay at Nice, Wrecked Eggs and The Importance of Being Earnest at the National Theatre; Boston Marriage (also West End) at the Donmar Warehouse; Mother Courage, Time of Your Life, A Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Piaf (also West End and New York), Once in a Lifetime (Olivier Best Actress Award), Captain Swing, The Taming of the Shrew, Wild Oats and Ivanov for the Royal Shakespeare Company; Sally Bowles in Cabaret at Farnham and Watford; Guys and Dolls for Manchester 69 Company; as well as the cat in Dick Whittington at the Lyceum Edinburgh.
Television includes Worzel Gummidge, Killing Eve 2, Britannia, Girlfriends, Inside No. 9, Babs (as Joan Littlewood), Mr Selfridge, Poirot (as Ariadne Oliver), Wodehouse in Exile, The Man, My Family (Rose d’Or and Golden Globe Best Sitcom Actress Winner), The Old Curiosity Shop, Johnny and the Bomb, A Waste of Shame, Dr Who II, Miss Marple – A Murder is Announced, The Cappuccino Years, David Copperfield, Leprechauns, Gormenghast,
A Dance to the Music of Time, The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd, The English Wife, Countess Alice, Memento Mori, The Blackheath Poisonings, Love Hurts, Prime Suspect, Inspector Morse, Othello, Ball Trap on the Côte Sauvage, Tales of the Unexpected, Poor Little Rich Girl (Golden Globe Winner for Best TV Film), Paradise Postponed, Edge of Darkness, Richard III, Strike, Baal, The
Beaux’ Stratagem, Danton’s Death,
A Christmas Carol, and The Devil’s Crown.
Film includes My Week with Marilyn, It’s a Wonderful Afterlife, Five Children and It, Harry Potter, Swept from the Sea, Wilde, The Raggedy Rawney, The Hunger and Inside the Third Reich – The Last 10 Days of Hitler.
Zoë Wanamaker was awarded the CBE in 2001.
Theatre includes The Beacon for Druid and the Gate Dublin; The Red Shoes for the Gate Dublin; Our New Girl for the Bush, London and Atlantic Theater, New York; No Romance and Love in a Glass Jar for the Peacock, Dublin; Baddies: The Musical for the Unicorn, London; Journey to X for National Theatre Connections; and The Kreutzer Sonata for the Gate, London and La Mama, New York.
Awards Nancy Harris received The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and The Stewart Parker Award for her debut full-length play No Romance in 2012. She was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award.
She has also written for radio and television and was nominated for a BAFTA as a Breakthrough Talent in 2014 for her writing on the Channel 4 series Dates.
Anna Fleischle is an award–winning production set and costume designer.
THEATRE includes A Very Very Very Dark Matter, A German Life and Two Ladies at The Bridge; Much Ado About Nothing and Home, I’m Darling (also Theatr Clwyd and West End, 2019 Olivier Award Nominee For Best Set Design And Best Costume Design) at the National Theatre; Hangmen at the Royal Court, West End and on Broadway (Tony nominee, 2022, Olivier Award-winner 2016 for Best Set Design, Critics’ Circle Award and Evening Standard Award for Best Design); The Collaboration, Hamlet and Death of a Salesman (also in the West End and on Broadway, 2022) at the Young Vic; The Forest at Hampstead; 2:22 A Ghost Story, Don Juan in Soho and The End of Longing in the West End; Once Upon a One More Time at the Nederlander, Chicago; A Kind of People, Liberian Girl and The Kid Stays in the Picture (for Complicite) at the Royal Court; House of Shades, The Writer and Before the Party at the Almeida; The Way of the World at the Donmar Warehouse; Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Crucible Sheffield, in the West End, on UK tour, in LA and Korea; Much Ado About Nothing and Troilus and Cressida at Shakespeare’s Globe; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at the Old Vic; Beware of Pity for Schaubühne Berlin/Complicité; Two Noble Kinsmen, Cymbeline and Love’s Sacrifice for the RSC; West Side Story, Blindsided, Saturday Night & Sunday Morning and Rat’s Tails at Manchester Royal Exchange; You Can See The Hills, Love and Money at Manchester Royal Exchange and the Young Vic.
OPERA includes Orfeo at Vienna Staatsoper; and Weimar Nightfall: Seven Deadly Sins for LA Philharmonic.
DANCE includes Message in a Bottle at Sadlers Wells; Second Coming for Scottish Dance Theatre; and John and Can We Talk About This? for DV8 Physical Theatre, the National Theatre and on international tour.
Anna Fleischle is a founding Member of Scene/Change, Associate Artist at the Young Vic, Board Member of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, and Ambassador for PiPA.
Theatre includes, recently, The Butterfly Lion, The Watsons, The Norman Conquests, Fracked (also tour), Educating Rita and Pitcairn at Chichester; Queen Margaret, Frankenstein, Guys and Dolls, The House of Bernarda Alba and King Lear at the Royal Exchange, Manchester; Rutherford and Son, Love and Information, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Julius Caesar and The Nap at Sheffield Crucible; Don Quixote for the RSC; Brainstorming, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, and The Permanent Way at the National Theatre; Blithe Spirit and The Crucible at Pitlochry Festival; Creditors/Miss Julie, Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense and Sense and Sensibility at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick; The Habit of Art and Napoli Brooklyn for Original Theatre; Her Naked Skin, The Magna Carta Plays at Salisbury Playhouse; Oranges & Elephants at Hoxton Hall; Trestle, Orca and Tomcat at Southwark Playhouse; The Big Corner and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall at the Octagon, Bolton; Experience, Deposit and Describe the Night at Hampstead; Much Ado About Nothing at Clwyd Theatr Cymru; What the Butler Saw, Fences, Dear Lupin, Some Like It Hip Hop, Betrayal, Via Dolorosa and Beautiful Thing all in the West End; My Name is Rachel Corrie, Rose, Guantanamo, Our Lady of Sligo, Haunted, Arabian Nights and The Steward of Christendom all in New York.
Johanna Town is The Chair of the Association of Lighting Designers, and a Fellow of Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
TRAINING Manchester University.
THEATRE includes Two Ladies and A Very Very Very Dark Matter at The Bridge; The Homecoming at Trafalgar Studios; Nine Night at Trafalgar Studios and the National Theatre (Olivier Award nomination for Best Sound Design); A Slight Ache & The Dumb Waiter, The Lover & The Collection, One for the Road, A New World Order, Mountain Language & Ashes to Ashes at the Harold Pinter Theatre; An Octoroon at the Orange Tree and the National Theatre; Sweat at the Donmar Warehouse and West End; The Importance of Being Earnest, The Windsors: Endgame in the West End; Glee & Me at the Royal Exchange; The Duchess of Malfi and Three Sisters at the Almeida; Venice Preserved for the Royal Shakespeare Company; Talent, Frost/Nixon and Tribes at the Crucible Sheffield; The Mountaintop at the Young Vic, Royal Exchange and on UK tour; Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads, The Deep Blue Sea and The Norman Conquests at Chichester Festival Theatre; The Beacon at Staatstheater Stuttgart; An Unfinished Man at the Yard; Hedda Tesman, Richard III and Spring Awakening for Headlong; The Island at the Young Vic; Much Ado About Nothing, Imogen and The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare’s Globe; Harrogate, Fireworks and Liberian Girl at the Royal Court; Guards at the Taj and Visitors at the Bush; Killer (Off-West End Award for Best Sound Design) and The Pitchfork Disney at Shoreditch Town Hall (Co-designed with Ben and Max Ringham); Faces in the Crowd, The Convert, In the Night Time and Eclipsed at the Gate.
Theatre includes, at The Bridge, A Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two Ladies, Alys, Always and Young Marx. At Chichester The Country Wife, Canvas, and Wallenstein. For the RSC at Stratford and in the West End: Don Quixote, The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich, The Hypocrite, The Rover, and Oppenheimer. At the National Theatre: Saint George and The Dragon, A Small Family Business, Great Britain (also West End), Timon of Athens, One Man, Two Guvnors (also West End, Broadway and international tour; Tony Award nominee and winner of Drama Desk Award for Best Score), Travelling Light, England People Very Nice, The Man of Mode, The Alchemist and Southwark Fair. Also work for Leicester Curve, Sheffield Crucible, Birmingham Rep, the New Vic, Stoke, the Mercury Colchester, Birmingham Stage, West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Watermill Newbury, Royal & Derngate Northampton, and for Changeling Theatre. In London: Bartholomew Fair, Broken Glass for the Tricycle (also West End).
Musicals include Drunk for Leicester Curve and Bridewell; Tracy Beaker Gets Real for Nottingham Playhouse and UK tour; Simply Cinderella for Leicester Curve; The Beggars Musical for Changeling and tour; Spittin’ Distance for Stephen Joseph and National Theatre Studio; and Three Sides for the Bridewell, Finborough and 45th Street Theatre, NY.
Dance includes Merlin for Northern Ballet and Jekyll & Hyde at the Old Vic.
Film & television include Moley, The North Water, Digging for Britain, A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong, Saving Santa, Upstart Crow, The Pact, I Want My Wife Back, Marley’s Ghosts, The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff, Monsters Behind the Iron Curtain, Arena: National Theatre On Stage and Theatreland.