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Closed December 23, 2018

Close's performance... is a triumphant blend of sharp sense and passionate sensibility, of an old pro's expertise and a newcomer's enthusiasm

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World premiere

The inimitable talent that is Glenn Close returns to the stage for the World Premiere of this brand new play from fellow Emmy Award-winner Jane Anderson, exploring the life of Isabelle Arc (nee Romee), the mother of history's most famous and extraordinary martyr, Joan of Arc.

Promising to be an epic affair, The Mother of the Maid delves into the struggle of Isabelle as her faith is tested by her daughter's incredible abilities and uncompromising spirit.

Born in North Eastern France in 1377, Isabelle was said to be a modest woman who instilled relgion and the value of hard work into all her children. After Joan rose to prominence and was convicted of heresy, she put all of her efforts into clearing her daughter's name, including an impassioned performance at seventy years old before the Holy See that led to Joan's pardon in 1456. Imbued with massive strength and determination to see justice righted, Isabelle's efforts are likely one of the reasons that her daughter's legacy survives to this day.

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Previews from: 25 September 2018

Opening night: 17 October 2018

Run time

Two hours and 10 minutes with one intermission

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Image from Glenn Close News Used under Creative Commons License

Cast and Creative


Glenn Close as Isabelle Arc
Dermot Crowley as Jacques Arc
Olivia Gilliatt as Monique
Kelley Curran as Lady of the Court
Andrew Hovelson as Pierre Arc
Daniel Pearce as Father Gilbert
Grace Van Patten as Joan Arc


Written by Jane Anderson
Directed by Matthew Penn

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