Nicholas Wright’s play about the controversial psychoanalyst Melanie Klein is a haunting and poignant study of mother-daughter relationships.
In 1934 the son of Melanie Klein, Britain’s most admired psychoanalyst, was reported killed in a climbing accident. There were no witnesses. Nicholas Wright’s play shows the effect of this shattering and unexpected death on Mrs Klein, on her daughter and on her new assistant Paula, a young refugee from Hitler’s Berlin.
Melanie Klein had herself come to Britain from Berlin with a controversial mission to extend psychoanalysis to infants. But her analysis of her own children has damaged her relationship with them almost beyond repair, and the news of her son’s death provokes a bitter confrontation with her daughter.
Nicholas Wright’s Mrs Klein was first performed at the National Theatre, London, in 1988. This edition was published alongside the revival at the Almeida Theatre in 2009.
‘How rare and refreshing it is to encounter a play which is so literate, intelligent, amusing and, finally, moving’
— Daily Telegraph