"a bubbly souffle of a play"
-London Theatre-

"Abraham finds a lot of mischievous fun"
-The Independent-

"a mix of meanness and mischief"
-The Evening Standard-

Sorry, The Mentor closed on 26 Aug 2017

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About the show

Academy Award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham stars as Benjamin Robin in Laurence Boswell’s production of The Mentor, following a successful run at the Bath Theatre Royal earlier this year. Transferring to London’s Vaudeville Theatre, the production plays for a limited time beginning in June.

The Mentor follows Benjamin Robin, a miserable old writer and whisky aficionado, who continues to revel in success from years ago. Set in the heart of the German countryside, the play sees the action take place in a run-down art nouveau villa.

When Martin Wegner, a rising young literary star proclaimed as “the voice of his generation”, gets the opportunity to develop his new play under his idol and mentor Benjamin, the two egos collide with disastrous consequences. A compelling comedy, The Mentor sees how two writers and two massive personalities can dramatically clash, as they both fight for the legacy of fame.

F. Murray Abraham plays Benjamin Robin, best known for his award-wining role as Salieri in the 1983 film adaptation of Amadeus. Further screen credits include Homeland, Scarface and The Grand Budapest Hotel, whilst Broadway credits include Angels in America, A Month in the Country and It’s Only a Play.

Additional casting includes Daniel Weyman (Nicholas Nickleby, King Lear) as Martin Wegner, Naomi Frederick as Gina Wegner and Jonathan Cullen as Erwin Rudicek.

Written by Daniel Kehlmann, the comedy is directed by Tony and Olivier Award-winning director Laurence Boswell (A Day in the Death of Joe Egg), with design by Polly Sullivan, lighting design by Colin Grenfell and original music by Dave Price.

The Mentor is translated by Christopher Hampton and plays at the Vaudeville Theatre from June 24th to September 2nd 2017, with an official opening on July 4th 2017.

Who Should See It?

Fans of comedy will enjoy this particular play, which is led by a multi-award winning director.

The Mentor may not be suitable for young children.

Playing at

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand
Seating Plan

Vaudeville Theatre seating plan

Booking period

24th Jun 2017

22nd Jan 2021

26th Aug 2017

Running time

90 minutes (no interval)


May not be suitable for young children