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Momma Golda – 3 Stars

Momma Golda

Momma Golda

King’s Head Theatre

Reviewed – 4th November 2018


“Thelma Ruby is a pleasure to watch, and there is scope for this to be a topical and engaging revival”


Golda Meir is fighting to “make a new world” in Palestine for her people, the Jewish people. This is a conflict we know well, that still rages today, so this is certainly a topical play that has a clear place in our modern-day political conversation. Adapted from William Gibson’s play ‘Golda’, ‘Momma Golda’ tells the story of Golda Meir, Israel’s first and only female Prime Minister, popularly referred to by many as “the grandmother of the Jewish people”.We follow her as she must make the decisions that begin and shape a new nation.

It is a slow start, a blow by blow exposition of the political climate documented through phone calls and monologue. However as the human element of the story is found, the show warms towards something that is both humorous and moving. Playing Golda Meir, is the remarkable 93 year old Thelma Ruby, who co-wrote the show with her late husband Peter Frye, and toured it internationally with him between the years 1980 and 1988. She is a power house onstage, warm and witty, playful and poignant in her portrayal.

Sean Baker plays opposite her, morphing between the different people in her life, her husband, generals, politicians and so on. It is certainly a challenge to take on and he struggles in the role. He doesn’t seem to be comfortable enough with the text to lend much naturalness or flow to his lines. However hopefully this is something he will settle into as the run progresses because the moments that are convincing work really well, and he lends a lovely vocal tone to his speeches.

The set is simple, a desk, a table, each illuminated in turn (Clancy Flynn), as we move between spaces and years. This is a weak production in many ways, but Thelma Ruby is a pleasure to watch, and there is scope for this to be a topical and engaging revival.


Reviewed by Amelia Brown


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Momma Golda

King’s Head Theatre until 12th November




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The Legendary Thelma Ruby

Theatre legend

Thelma Ruby

to grace the stage at

The King’s Head Theatre

with her one-woman show


Thelma Ruby is no ordinary 91 year old. With over 60 years spent on stage, treading the boards with the likes of Orson Welles, Dame Judi Dench, Chaim Topol and many more, this luminary entertainer is sure to surprise and delight audiences with her return to the King’s Head Theatre on Valentine’s Day.

An evening of songs, sketches, dance and dazzling entertainment, Thelma Ruby’s one-woman show ‘That’s Entertainment’ tells the story of her remarkable life in the spotlight, with tales to make you laugh, cry and hide behind your hands.

Thelma says:

It’s delightful to be celebrating Valentine’s Day at the King’s Head Theatre. When they first asked me to perform my one-woman show last summer, little did I know I’d be playing to packed out houses and that they were going to ask me back! It’s turned out to be one of the loveliest jobs of my career.’

Superstar Thelma was born in Leeds in 1926 and trained as an actress in New York during World War Two. From entertaining wounded troops in hospitals in wartime to starring in Chimes at Midnight with Orson Welles, she has lived a glittering life on and off stage and for one night only is returning to The King’s Head to recount her tales. This will be one Valentine’s Day you won’t forget in a hurry.


Thelma Ruby

14 February 2017


The King’s Head Theatre

115 Upper Street, London N1 1QN

Tickets £15 – £19.50

Box Office:


0207 226 8561