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Stephen Sachs’ hit ‘Bakersfield Mist’ heads across the pond

Stephen Sachs’ hit play “Bakersfield Mist” will head across the pond in May 2014. Evening Standard award-winner Polly Teale will direct Golden Globe winner, Oscar and two-time Tony award nominee Kathleen Turner and Olivier and Tony award-winner Ian McDiarmid in the U.K. premiere of “Bakersfield Mist” when it opens in London’s West End.

Stephen Sachs’ hit ‘Bakersfield Mist’ coming to London's West End.
Courtesy of Fountain Theatre

“Bakersfield Mist” was created and produced at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles where Sachs is co-artistic director. The Fountain production, the first in a rolling world premiere supported by the National New Play Network's Continued Life of New Plays Fund, was a smash hit, earning rave reviews and running seven months including three extensions.

Inspired by a true story, “Bakersfield Mist” imagines a meeting between foul-mouthed, unemployed, trailer park-dwelling Maude Gutman (Turner), who believes the painting she bought in a thrift store for $3 is really an undiscovered masterpiece worth millions, and stuffy New York art expert Lionel Percy (McDiarmid), who arrives to evaluate the work. The comedy/drama is a fiery and often hilarious debate over class, truth, value and the meaning of art.

The London production will run at the Duchess Theatre, May 10 through August 30. The design team includes scenic designer Tom Piper, lighting designer Oliver Fenwick and sound designer Jon Nicholls. “Bakersfield Mist” is produced in the West End by Nica Burns, Sonia Friedman Productions, Darren Bagert/Martin Massman and Chris & Kelbe Bensinger. For more information, go to

“Bakersfield Mist” is a work of fiction. Although based on actual events, the characters and events in the play are fictionalized and are not intended to accurately depict or resemble any actual person or event, living or dead. Names, characters, places and incidents have been changed for dramatic purposes.

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