The Proof is in the seeing

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THERE is one last chance to see Thame Players’ latest production Proof, which comes to an end tomorrow (Saturday).

The show by David Auburn will be performed tonight (Friday) before the last showing on Saturday evening at 7.45pm.

It was performed for the first time on Tuesday night and was warmly received by the audience.

Chairman Tony Long said: “It went very well, the audience were very complimentary as they walked out and there were no major hitches so we were pleased with the way it started.

“It is a very interesting and award-winning play that has intense drama but has a light humour to go with it.

“I think it is first class drama that is sure to keep the audience absorbed to the end.”

The plot follows Catherine, who is the daughter of possibly the greatest mathematical genius of the last century but has spent years caring for him during the madness that overtook his life.

Now her father is gone and she is left with notebooks of his incoherent ramblings and the need to restart a life of her own in present-day Chicago.

After an intimate encounter with one of her father’s former students, she entrusts him with one very special notebook containing a revolutionary proof that could shake the foundations of the mathematical community. But whose proof is it – her’s or her father’s? Has Catherine inherited her father’s genius, or his madness?

Proof opened on Broadway in 2000, with a London production at the Donmar Warehouse in 2001.

It won three Tonys, including best play, and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. It was later adapted into a movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow and was the screenplay that lured Anthony Hopkins out of retirement. Tickets cost £8 and £7, with £1 off for concessions and can be obtained from Tickets Anywhere, Greyhound Walk, Thame or by calling 01844 217228.