Martine is a 1922 play by Jean-Jacques Bernard, translated in 1985 by John Fowles. It’s a heartbreaking love story, set just after the Great War. This production for Primavera at the Finborough Theatre starred Hannah Murray, and was nominated for a record seven OffWestEnd Awards.

Cast and Creative Team

Cast

Hannah Murray (OffWestEnd Nomination), Susan Penhaligon (OffWestEnd Nomination), Leila Crerar (OffWestEnd Nomination), Chris Porter, Barnaby Sax

Creative Team

Set Designer – Cherry Truluck
Lighting Designer – Tim Mascall
Sound Designer – Max Pappenheim (OffWestEnd Nomination)
Costume Designer – Emily Stuart (OffWestEnd Nomination)

Reviews

7 OffWestEnd Nominations: Best Director, Best Production, Best Sound, Best Costume, Best Actress (Hannah Murray), Best Supporting Actress (Leila Crerar and Susan Penhaligon)

★★★★★ Playstosee

★★★★ Time Out Critics’ Choice ★★★★ Guardian ★★★★ Times ★★★★ WhatsOnStage ★★★★ Exeunt

★★★★ “Tom Littler and Primavera’s production does rich justice to the play’s still, sad music, and gets a stunning performance from Hannah Murray as Martine.”
Michael Billington, The Guardian

★★★★ “The touch of a tendril of hair on a bare neck, the grazing of fingertips across the thin skin at the wrist: Tom Littler’s production of this intimate 1922 drama by Jean-Jacques Bernard is so erotically intense that it’s almost dizzying … Littler’s revival for Primavera, in the same translation by John Fowles, reveals it as a work of delicacy and startling power. Superbly acted, the production seems to shimmer with heat, sensuality and unspoken suffering. Spare, poetic and suffused with muted passion and pain, this is a quietly devastating miniature tragedy.”
Sam Marlowe, The Times

★★★★ CRITICS’ CHOICE “Director Tom Littler has a knack for sniffing out neglected plays that merit reappraisal. His production of ‘The Living Room’, Graham Greene’s rarely seen 1963 piece, at the Jermyn Street Theatre last year proved atmospheric and absorbing. This, the first London production in 29 years of ‘Martine’, an intriguing, emotional play by the French dramatist Jean-Jacques Bernard, is even more so … Some superb performances – especially from Murray as the trusting, lovelorn Martine – wring every drop of emotion from a very worthwhile revival.”
Laura Barnett, Time Out

★★★★ “Primavera’s exquisite production, the first of this work in the UK for many years, captures the spirit of disconnected longing at the drama’s heart.”
Jimmy Kelly, WhatsOnStage

“Chekhovian in its bittersweet mood of yearning and love, it receives a beautifully nuanced production – apparently the first in the UK for nearly 30 years – by Primavera with a palate of pitch perfect performances.”
Jonathan Lovett, The Stage

★★★★ “Cherry Truluck’s design of spreading tree and earthy colouring has an artless charm, while Max Pappenheim’s sound effects of birds twittering and dogs barking adds to the rustic ambience.”
Neil Dowden, Exeunt