The Lodger

The Lodger

Enlightening, cathartic and acerbic new play from Robert Holman

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15 September 2021  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Now, a new play from Robert Holman, that is very definitely a cause for celebration. Holman doesn’t produce plays very often but when he does what he has to say is always worth listening to. He’s a wise old bird, and one who believes that people are inherently good. This latest follows two sisters reunited following the death of their mother who must find ways to heal the wounds of long ago childhood. A terrific cast including Penny Downie, Iniki Mariano, Sylvestra Le Touzel and Matthew Tennyson are directed by Geraldine Alexander in a play exploring maturity and reconciliation, which takes the audience from Little Venice to Norway.”


“I can’t undo what’s been said. My world changed this morning. I hope for the better, but we’ll see in the future.”

isters Dolly and Esther grow up in ultra-conservative Harrogate in the ‘60s. 50 years later, following the death of their mother, Dolly comes to stay with Esther – now a successful novelist and living in Little Venice with her younger, inscrutable lodger, Jude. The three go to Norway to meet the rock star grandfather Jude has only ever heard about. Instead, he meets Anila who changes his world. To make a new future these four people will have to be honest, heal old wounds and two sisters learn to laugh together again.

Robert Holman is a stalwart of British theatre, with his extensive writing career including commissions from The Royal Court, the Bush and the RSC. His play A Breakfast of Eels was produced at The Coronet Theatre in 2015.

Critic reviews

Convincing sibling rivalry

· The Stage

Gorgeously produced ensemble piece that doesn't grip as tightly as it might

· The Telegraph

Strong performances and a gorgeous set just about save a lacklustre script

· The Arts Desk

New Robert Holman play is enthralling and exasperating by turns

· Evening Standard


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Fri 10 Sep - Sat 9 Oct, 2021
2.30pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 2 hrs


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