By Ernest Thompson
Designed & directed by Michael Lunney
Starring STEFANIE POWERS, RICHARD JOHNSON and ELIZABETH CARLING, with Tom Roberts, Graeme Dalling, Kasper Michaels & Victoria May.
On Golden Pond, the classic Broadway comedy on which the Academy Award-winning film was based, is the funny, endearing and touching story of three generations of the Thayer family who come together for a summer holiday in a country house.
As the golden days of summer pass, the family explore their relationship with each other – with amusing and often moving results.
This lavish new production sees Hollywood film and television star Stefanie Powers joined by British film star and RSC/National Theatre leading man Richard Johnson, with Elizabeth Carling (best known from her regular roles in Boon, Goodnight Sweetheart and Casualty) playing their daughter Chelsea.
The New York Daily News described the play as “A work of rare simplicity and beauty”, and the Middle Ground production has been garnering high praise from press and audiences alike on its British tour.
“Outstanding… Richard Johnson is superb… Stefanie Powers gives a wonderfully understated performance with an exceptionally strong characterisation .. excellent direction by Michael Lunney”. Wolverhampton Express & Star
“A script that bubbles and sometimes crackles with good humour … a complete delight” East Anglia Daily Times
“The house was packed with an audience that rang with laughter, sat silent with solemnity, and erupted into applause. All with good reason to; the seven-member cast worked beautifully together…the cast and crew should be congratulated for doing a marvellous job… world class”. Colchester Circle
“Two huge names star in On Golden Pond. Richard Johnson & Stefanie Powers entranced the sold-out first night and it was impossible to believe that this was the very start of Middle Ground’s extensive tour of this production. It was not only the two central performers who captured the essence of Thompson’s wry, witty generation game, the whole cast gives strong support. Richard Johnson gives the performance of his illustrious, mature career” Halstead Gazette
“4 stars” Whatsonstage