PREVIEW: Proof, Royalty Theatre, Sunderland

Latest production at the Royalty Theatre Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize play 'Proof' with l-r Nik Grundison (Catherine) Helen Bowie (Clare) and Andrew Barella (Hal)

Latest production at the Royalty Theatre Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize play 'Proof' with l-r Nik Grundison (Catherine) Helen Bowie (Clare) and Andrew Barella (Hal)

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Head down to the Royalty Theatre this week to see a Wearside cast’s take on an award-winning play.

Proof, by David Auburn, is running at the community theatre, off Chester Road, until Saturday.

It tells the story of Catherine, a 25-year-old who dropped out of college some years before in order to take care of her father Robert.

An eminent mathematician on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Robert has retreated into a sort of schizophrenic dementia, seeking messages in the Dewey Decimal System codings on library books.

Catherine worries whether she has inherited her father’s instability.

Proof is about family relationships and responsibilities, about love, guilt, vulnerability, trust and loss.

It deals with the big issues, but it keeps them on a human scale and maintains a sense of humour in the 
process.

Proof premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club in May 2000 and opened at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre in October that year. It went on to win the Tony Award for Best Play in 2001 and Auburn has been the recipient of numerous awards for his 
plays.

In 2005 a film version of the play was produced starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins and Jake Gyllenhaal.

l Tickets priced £8 are available in advance from www.royaltytheatre.co.uk or from Ticketsource on Tel. 0844 870 0887. Tickets are also available each night on the door, however, advanced booking is recommended.