After a three year hiatus, the 61-year old Nicola Cavendish returns to the stage in a triumphant performance as 91-year-old Vera Joseph in the Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of 4000 Miles. And while three years may not seem like a long time, in the world of theatre it can be an eternity, especially for female actors who unfortunately find roles diminishing as they age.
In Amy Herzog’s comedy, Vera’s grandson Leo appears at her doorstep in the middle of the night, having just travelled across the country on a quest to find himself. Originally Intent on staying a single night, he ends up bunking down with her for three weeks. Leo is a personification of the indifferent and selfish millennial, but as Herzog’s script slowly burns and the generations inevitably clash, Leo’s transformation is as marked as Vera’s.