On Thursday, September 19th, the wait will be over....The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, is revealed. The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive live cinema broadcast, as Fane Productions present an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic, and inventor. The publication of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985 and the current, Emmy Award-winning television series have created a cultural phenomenon, as handmaids have become a symbol of women’s rights and a protest against misogyny and oppression. Recorded live from the London stage, Atwood will be interviewed by broadcaster and author Samira Ahmed in a conversation spanning the length of Atwood’s remarkable career, her diverse range of works, and why she has returned to her seminal handmaid story, 34 years later. ‘Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in. ’With exclusive readings from the new book by special guests, this will be an unmissable and intimate event with Atwood, spotlighting her signature insight, humor, and intellect.
Accompanying the previously announced Lily James, two-time Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) and Ann Dowd shall also be reading selected passages from The Testaments. Ann Dowd stars as Lydia in the critically-acclaimed Hulu TV adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale, for which she won an Emmy Award, and her participation follows the thrilling news that Aunt Lydia is one of the characters that appears in the new novel.
The Testaments will be published by Vintage on September 10th.
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre
Expected Run Time is 110 minutes