About This Show

“A genuine sleeper! Plowright shines in Mrs. Palfrey. Director Dan Ireland treats his characters, and the audience with great respect. Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont is a terrific, long-overdue vehicle for Lady Olivier.” — The New York Post

“Joan Plowright’s performance is a gem, deeply felt without being the least bit showy. Each gesture, each glance is backed by a full emotional history. It is a pleasure to be in her company.” — The Christian Science Monitor

A tender, touching, deeply moving film, Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont is presented at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center as part of the “Finest in World Cinema Series.”

Director Dan Ireland’s latest film is based on the best selling novel of the same name, by the late, celebrated author, Elizabeth Taylor. The story centers on an elegant elderly lady, Mrs. Palfrey (Joan Plowright) whose husband has just died. She moves from Scotland to London to be near her 26 year old grandson, Desmond. When Desmond fails to return her phone calls at The Claremont, a residential hotel, fate brings her together with a young writer, Ludovic Meyer (Rupert Friend).

Ludo agrees to pretend to be Mrs. Palfrey’s grandson so that the other off-beat elderly residents of the hotel believe that she hasn’t been lying, and that she really does have a grandson. The two newly found friends discover that they have a lot more in common with each other than they do with people their own age. Ludo finds the story he’s been looking for all his young life–and Mrs. Palfrey finds the ‘grandson’ she never knew she had. But problems arise when her real grandson shows up at The Claremont.

Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont is in English, is 1 hour 48 minutes long and is unrated.

Show Details

Dates: Opening Night: February 10, 2006 Final Performance: February 12, 2006
Location: Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, Hamptons

76 Main St,

Westhampton Beach,


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