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You’d be mad to miss this, not least because it stars Ruth Wilson who is such a magnetic actor and it’s directed by Ivo van Hove. The two worked together on Hedda Gabler at the NT, a production which had moments of real revelation, and now they collaborate on this staging of Jean Cocteau’s monodrama about a woman having a phone conversation with her lover who is leaving her for another. Van Hove has already created a Dutch language version of this story which has toured the world to great acclaim for over a decade but Wilson will likely make this all her own. Who knows, she might even add another Olivier to the two she already has on the mantelpiece.
The time we live in is a wonder, it is both a time where we have never once been so connected, but also have never been so alone. Double Olivier Award winner Ruth Wilson stars in Jean Cocteau's monologue of connection and loneliness as it comes to the West End. At the start of The Human Voice, a young woman speaks to her lover on the telephone. They have been together for a good five years hence expecting this to be a regular phone call. When the supposedly love of her life declares his plans to wed another woman, the central character is shaken. Broken into tears over the telephone, her heart shatters over the course of one final conversation with her former love. In an era of hyperconnectivity and loneliness, The Human Voice explores the significance of love and embraces raw emotions.
Creatives of The Human Voice
The Human Voice is a stirring monologue written by French playwright, poet, filmmaker and
artist Jean Cocteau, who is best known for his stage works La Machine Infernale, Les
Parents terribles, La Machine à écrire, and L’Aigle à deux têtes.
The Human Voice is easily one of Cocteau’s most notable works, and has been adapted into
films : a 2014 adaptation starring Sophia Loren, and a 2020 adaptation featuring Tilda
Ruth Wilson Stars in The Human Voice
One of the biggest household names in recent years, Wilson is highly regarded in her field of
interest as a two-time Olivier award-winner, Golden Globe winner, and Tony & BAFTA-
nominated professional actress.
Wilson is popularly known in the community for her diverse television roles who has
received immense recognition and attention for her portrayal of Mrs Coulter in His Dark
Materials, Alison Bailey in The Affair, along with Alice Morgan in Luther.
Her portrayal of Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and her titular role in Anna Christie both
earned her Olivier Awards. Wilson’s former stage credits - Constellations on Broadway has
won her a Tony Award nomination for the Best Leading Actress in a Play and Hedda Gabler
at London’s National Theatre.
Ruth Wilson’s The Human Voice Tickets are Available for
Do not miss out on this golden opportunity to spectate Ruth Wilson’s West End return for 31
performances only beginning this spring on 17 March 2022. Check out The Human Voice
reviews and secure your tickets online promptly for the best seats and avoid disappointment!