2023-24 Season
February 1 - 18, 2024

The Pianist of Willesden Lane

“This is stunning theatre that will leave you emotionally breathless. Marvelously adapted and directed by Hershey Felder, Lisa Jura’s story is a theatrical experience not to be missed.” – Broadway World

Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen

Adapted and Directed by Hershey Felder

About the Play

Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitz, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true and inspirational story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist who is dreaming about her concert debut at Vienna’s storied Musikverein concert hall. But with the issuing of new ordinances under the Nazi regime, everything for Lisa changes, except for her love of music and the pursuit of her dream.  Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek performs some of the world’s most beloved music as she shares her mother’s riveting true story of survival.

Events & Talks

  • Opening Night
    February 3, 2024, 8:00pm

    Immediately following the performance of The Pianist of Willesden Lane, opening night attendees are treated to a festive post-show wine and hors d’oeuvre reception with the artists.

  • Pre-Show Talk
    February 7, 2024 and February 14, 2024 at 6:45pm

    Join Dramaturg Ward LeHardy for a free, lively, and informative half-hour talk in The New Vic courtyard before each Wednesday performance of The Pianist of Willesden Lane.

  • Martini Night
    February 9, 2024 at 7:15pm

    Mingle with friends and enjoy a complimentary martini with your ticket purchase of The Pianist of Willesden Lane. Held in The New Vic courtyard 45-minutes prior to curtain on the second Friday of the run.

  • Wednesday Matinee Tea Talk
    February 14, 2024 at 1:15pm

    Join us for a special conversation over tea with invited guest scholars to share their insights on a topic particular to The Pianist of Willesden Lane, as related to Santa Barbara history and culture.

  • Thursday Talkback
    February 15, 2024

    Immediately following the final Thursday evening performance of The Pianist of Willesden Lane, meet members of the cast and participate in an informal 20-30 minute Q&A about the show.

The Pianist of Willesden Lane Showtimes

There are several showtimes for The Pianist of Willesden Lane. Opening night will be February 2, 2024 and the show will run until February 18, 2024. View all the showtime offerings and purchase tickets so you will not miss out on this performance.


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