The Rubenstein Kiss is the story of the Rubensteins, a deeply devoted Jewish couple whose Communist idealism leads to their world being torn apart by suspicion and treachery which then echoes through the generations. James Phillips’s explosive and affecting drama, inspired by the haunting true story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were executed in 1953 for allegedly providing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, is the study of conspiracy, betrayal, and guilt.
This new production of The Rubenstein Kiss will star Ruby Bentall as Esther Rubenstein. Ruby is perhaps best known for playing Verity in the BBC’s adaptation of Poldark. Esther’s husband Jakob Rubenstein will be played by Henry Proffit. Sean Ribgy will play David Girshfeld. Sean has starred as DS Jim Strange in ITV’s Endeavour since 2013.
James Phillips said, “I’m thrilled about Joe Harmston’s new production of The Rubenstein Kiss, and I can’t wait to see the exciting new generation of actors he’s assembled in these roles I love. Our current, dangerous, fraught political moment – where so many are trying again to test the limits of political idealism, where we read daily of Russian agents in this country and in the United States – seems a perfect time from him to revive the play.”
The Rubenstein Kiss is on at Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, SE1 6BD from 14 March – 13 April 2019. Times: Monday – Friday 7.30pm; Saturday and Tuesday – 3pm and 7.30pm. Admission: £22 (£18 concessions), £14 previews. Phone: 020 7407 0234