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The Glass Piano

(This is a past event and is no longer running)

Play by 
Alix Sobler

Directed by 
Max Key

“Must See Show” Fringe Review

“Key’s production has a crystalline elegance” The Times

“Molony and Williams give knowing performances of real flair” The Stage

★★★★ “Uniquely atmospheric…whimsical yet real, dark yet high-spirited”- The Spy In The Stalls


Princess Alexandra thought her life would never change, living in the castle with her father King Ludwig, her maid Galstina, and glimpses of her mother as she runs from the stables to the rose bushes.

And of course, there’s the matter of the grand piano made of glass that she swallowed as a child, sitting inside her at all times. Then Lucien arrives, and suddenly anything seems possible…

Laced with dry humour, The Glass Piano is a stylish new production to open The Coronet Theatre’s new season. Based on a remarkable true story, Alix Sobler’s accomplished play will transport you to a 19th century Bavarian palace to find four characters trapped by their situations, and prevented from fulfilling their dreams of love.

Princess Alexandra is played by Grace Molony, winner of Best Actress at The Stage Debut Awards 2017, who joins a fine cast that includes Timothy Walker, Olivier award-winner Suzan Sylvester, and Laurence Ubong Williams. Composer Gabriel Prokofiev’s lyrical score is played live on stage by pianist Elizabeth Rossiter.

The Glass Piano is directed by Max Key whose Olivier-nominated production of It Is Easy To Be Dead at Trafalgar Studios was described by Michael Billington in The Guardian as ‘a beautifully orchestrated production’.

Additional Information


2 hours 15 mins including interval

This performance contains haze, flame and a gunshot

Key's production has a crystalline elegance

The Times


  • Alexandra
    Grace Molony
  • Galstina
    Suzan Sylvester
  • Ludwig
    Timothy Walker
  • Lucien
    Laurence Ubong Williams
  • Pianist
    Elizabeth Rossiter

Creative team

  • Writer
    Alix Sobler
  • Director
    Max Key
  • Composer
    Gabriel Prokofiev
  • Set & Lighting Designer
    Declan Randall
  • Costume Designer
    Deborah Andrews
  • Sound Designer
    Emma Laxton
  • Casting Director
    Serena Hill
  • Movement Director
    Hubert Essakow