england and the uk
Visiting Mr Green toured the UK
in 2007-2008.  The 15 week tour
played many of England's great
theatres and set the box office
record at Peter Hall's Rose of
Kingston Theatre.  Following the
tour, the production played a
limited engagement on the West
End at Trafalgar Studios.

Starring Olivier Award winner
Warren Mitchell and Gideon
Turner
(preceded on the first part
of the tour by
David Sturzaker),
the production was directed by
Patrick Garland and produced
by
Ian Fricker.  Sets and
costumes were by
Sean
Cavanagh
.  Lighting was by Ben
Cracknell
and sound by Peter
Cox
.   

Because of the director's illness,
Jeff Baron stepped in to direct the
West End transfer.  Baron was the
subject of London Theatre Guide's
Big Interview.
Gideon Turner
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH REVIEW ***** (5 stars)
13 APRIL 2008

All things considered, Jeff Baron's Visiting Mr Green
should come as a salutary lesson. There are just two
actors in the cast, a rather dingy set of an old man's
bedsit and a great deal of talking.  And yet the result
is a great piece of theatre.  Gideon Turner plays
Ross Gardiner, a sassy, sharp-suited New York
businessman ordered by a judge to make regular
visits to the home of Warren Mitchell's elderly,
cantankerous Mr Green, whom he caused to fall
over through his reckless driving.  What ensues isn't
merely a clash of generations but also a clash of
what's safe and familiar and what's real.  

Baron's story is a cry for humanity, and in the hands
of Patrick Garland, it finds sublime expression.
Warren Mitchell is on spellbinding form in the title
role, but Turner is more than a match for him. The
contrast in their acting styles - Mitchell at his
technical best and Turner a lot more expansive and
naturalistic - gives additional pathos to their
relationship.  It's worth noting, too, that Garland
uses a device in this production that seems to scare
the life out of other directors: silence. He uses it to
devastating effect, too. It's a chance for an audience
to absorb a strong line and to think - and that, I
need hardly add, is something not often required of
theatre-goers these days.  - Tim Walker
BBC Review: Visiting Mr Green
24 September 2007 - Alison Woollard

Jeff Baron’s poignant play is theatre at its
best: a gradual revelation of the secrets,
griefs and yearnings which lie beneath the
ordinary exteriors which we present to the
world each day.

An old and a young man are forced to meet.
Ross has had a near miss in his car and as
part of his sentence he is made to visit the
elderly Mr Green who nearly became his
victim.

Grumpy dislike on both sides gradually melts
as Ross realises how lonely and vulnerable
the old man is, but each of them has deeper
secrets which take longer to reveal.

Can Mr Green overcome a life time of rigid
beliefs? Can Ross cope with his own father’s
prejudices? Can each of them find love?

Everyone in the audience can relate to this
play whether as a child or a parent, the
holder of strong beliefs or their victim. The
audience's easy laughter at the start of the
evening soon mellowed into thoughtful
concentration.

Warren Mitchell, at the age of 81, gives a
brave and greatly appreciated performance
as Mr Green, accurately capturing his fears
and courage.  David Sturzaker proved to be
equally detailed in his approach to the role of
the young man.

An evening of great theatre.
I was gripped and moved by this play, and found its final moments overwhelmingly affecting. The second act
pushes the play into dramatic territory reminiscent of King Lear.  A sentimental King Lear perhaps, but the
play's analysis of the strength and apparent cruelty of devout faith reveals
Jeff Baron to be a dramatist
capable of toughness and rigour. The moment when these two men suddenly recognise themselves in each
other is theatre at its potent best." -
Charles Spencer, London Daily Telegraph

“Far from delivering an earnest homily, Baron uses his sometimes gentle, sometimes sharp brand of humour
to devastating effect. Both funny and poignant,
Visiting Mr. Green is a piece of theatre made in heaven."
-
Sheena Hastings, Yorkshire Post
Warren Mitchell
and David Sturzaker
Back in 1999, Visiting Mr. Green was one of
the most successful plays at the
West
Yorkshire Playhouse
, one of England's major
regional theatres. It starred
Warren Mitchell
as Mr. Green,
Reece Dinsdale as Ross
Gardiner, and was directed by
Natasha
Betteridge
.  The gorgeous set and costumes
were by
Francis O'Connor.