"Bakersfield Mist," the play by Stephen Sachs that was a recent sleeper hit at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, will be making the transatlantic journey to London's West End when it opens at the Duchess Theatre this spring with a cast that includes Kathleen Turner and
The play is scheduled to run May 10 through Aug. 30 in London. Polly Teale will direct the play, which is about a down-on-her-luck Bakersfield woman who discovers that a painting she found may actually be a masterpiece by
Sachs' play opened in L.A. in 2011 and ran for several months with a cast that included Jenny O'Hara as the protagonist Maude Gutman and Nick Ullett as a snobbish art expert. The play is officially a work of fiction though it was based on actual events.
A Times review of the play's L.A. production called it a "a wry two-hander that handles highbrow artistic issues while zinging in plenty of uproarious one-liners."
In an interview with The Times in 2011, Sachs, who is co-artistic director of the Fountain, said that he liked the idea of "bringing these two wonderful characters together -- this bawdy, salty-tongued, boozy lady and this sophisticated art expert from New York -- and have them butt heads."
Turner is currently working on a revival of Brecht's "Mother Courage and her Children" at the Arena Stage in Washington. McDiarmid -- who appeared in the "Star Wars" movies as the evil Emperor -- is an accomplished stage actor who won a