Christopher Hampton’s new play The Talking Cure deals with the early years of C.G. Jung and his decision to experiment using Freud’s controversial new method of psychoanalysis, with a young Russian patient, Sabina Spielrein.
Play title: The Talking Cure
Author (s): Christopher Hampton
Publisher: Faber and Faber and Samuel French Inc.
Publication Date: 2002
Primary Discipline: Psychology
Scientist (s): Carl G. Jung, Sigmund Freud, Sabina Spielrein, Otto Gross
Source Texts: John Kerr’s “A Most Dangerous Method”
Character Breakdown: 4 men, 3 women, 2 girls
Carl Gustav Jung, Emma Jung, Sabina Spielrein, Sigmund Freud, Otto Gross, An Orderly, A Nurse, a Russian Girl (six years old), An S.S. Officer, Agathe Jung (six/eight years old)
Character Parings: Orderly/S.S. Officer
Setting: Various locations in Zürich, Vienna and Rostov-on-Don
Time Period: Mainly 1900-1910, and 1942
Synopsis of Play: Christopher Hampton’s new play The Talking Cure deals with the early years of C.G. Jung and his decision to experiment using Freud’s controversial new method of psychoanalysis, with a young Russian patient, Sabina Spielrein. The success of the experiment and the blossoming of his relationship with friendship with Freud; and the ideas and conflicts, which engulf the three of them, embody, as Jung comes to realize, the destructive forces, which are to overwhelm the disastrous century ahead. (Play text cover blurb Faber and Faber)
First Performance Date: December 6, 2002
First Producer: National Theatre, London
Performance History: The Talking Cure by Christopher Hampton was first presented at the Royal National Theatre, London, starring Ralph Fiennes as Carl Gustav Jung, James Hazeldine as Sigmund Freud and Jodhi May as Sabina Spielrein. Directed by Howard Davies. Set Design by Tim Hatley. Costume Design by Jenny Beavan. Lighting Design by Peter Mumford. Music by Dominic Muldowney. Sound Design by Christopher Shutt.
Entered by: Denise Gillman/Brooke Sanders