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Park Theatre and Oliver Mackwood in association with Paul Tyrer & Jamie Clark for TBO Productions present the World Premiere of brand new comedy

Madame Rubinstein

By John Misto

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Directed by Jez Bond
Cast includes: Frances Barber, Jonathan Forbes, Miriam Margolyes

Nominated: Best Actress Miriam Margolyes & Best New Play in the Offie Awards


The woman who created beauty.

Set against the glamorous skylines of 1950s Manhattan, world-leading cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein is locked in a power struggle with rivals Elizabeth Arden and Revlon.

From humble beginnings as a Polish-Jewish immigrant, this is the story behind one of the best-known faces in the world of beauty. But as her professional and family conflicts reach fever pitch, will the ghosts of a turbulent past topple one of the world’s richest businesswomen?

Madame Rubinstein is a bright new comedy where the nails are painted and the gloves are off. Yet when the lipstick bleeds and the makeup fades, what is there left to hide behind?

Starring BAFTA award-winning Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter, Romeo & Juliet, The Age of Innocence) as ‘Helena Rubinstein’, Frances Barber (Doctor Who, Silk, Julius Caesar) as ‘Elizabeth Arden’, and Jonathan Forbes (‘Fergal’ in Channel 4’s hit show Catastrophe) as ’Irish’.


"Miriam Margolyes and Frances Barber... are dream casting as the larger-than-life beauty business pioneers" ★★★★ Sunday Times

“Gloriously entertaining play... a comic tour de force" ★★★★ WhatsOnStage

"Margolyes and Barber are a terrific double act... screams West End transfer" ★★★★ WhatsOnStage

"the battle of the one-liners is superb" Daily Mail

"so much wonderful heart... extraordinarily powerful" ★★★★★

"Miriam Margolyes is a force of nature, showing off every inch of her comic prowess... you can't help but laugh out loud" Broadway World

"With lashings of lipstick and acerbic wit, it’s a rare opportunity to see Miriam Margolyes and Frances Barber, two of our greatest female stars of the stage sparring together in such an intimate space." ★★★★ Theatre News

"an energetic, vibrant and thoroughly entertaining two hours" PlaysToSee

"Rich with zingy lines" The Times

"Terrifically played by [Silk star] Frances Barber" Metro

"Miriam Margolyes plays the feisty, frugal matriarch... and lands every comic line with ease. It’s a role almost perfect for her" TheatreBubble