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Peter Rabbit hops into the West End with Griff Rhys Jones and Miriam Margolyes

Peter Rabbit

Hop onto your seats and immerse yourself in the magical world of Beatrix Potter. Watch with delight as your favourite stories and most beloved characters are brought to life on the stage in this theatrical spectacular, with beautifully handcrafted puppets, enchanting original songs and a sprinkle of magic. Look out for the ferocious Mr. McGregor, reach heady heights with Jemima Puddle-Duck, do the laundry with Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and of course, fall in love with the mischievous Peter Rabbit.

Opening at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 3 April, the London season of Where is Peter Rabbit™follows the hugely popular runs at the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness-On-Windermere which premiered in June 2016 and has enthralled audiences and garnered rave reviews ever since.

Prick up your ears to the delectable voices of Olivier Award-winning actor and comedian Griff Rhys Jones and BAFTA Award-winning actor and national treasure Miriam Margoyles. Marvel at the delightful dancing and entrancing set and shake your tail to the 14 joyful songs, with lyrics by one of Britain’s most beloved playwrights, Sir Alan Ayckbourn and music by Steven Edis.

Handed down from generation to generation, these classic stories hold a special place in our hearts, so whether a warm hug of nostalgia, or the perfect introduction to Beatrix Potter’s Tales, this is a truly charming production for the whole family to cherish and enjoy together. Devised by Roger Glossop, and directed and choreographed by Sheila Carter, this innovative show combines live performance, projection and recording in a thoroughly interactive brand-new magical musical, entirely based on the original Tales by Beatrix Potter.

Griff Rhys Jones said: “The characters and the strange life of animals are so well observed by Beatrix Potter and not just in her beautiful illustrations. I don’t think we cherish things quite as much as we do children’s books, handed down like golden gems; and it’s remarkable to think that these stories are still so loved.”

Miriam Margoyles said: “The characters leap into your heart. There is a directness and a freshness that comes through the text and they will live for all time. It’s a window back into childhood.”

 Thomas Merrington, Creative Consultant on behalf of Frederick Warne & Co said “We are so thrilled that this production of Where is Peter Rabbit? will be making it’s West End debut this Easter. Fans of all ages will fall in love with this beautiful production – it really brings the characters to life in the most charming way”.

LISTINGS  INFORMATION

THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET LONDON

Opening Performance: 3 April 2019, 11:00am

Press Performance: 9 April 2019, 1:00pm

Tickets: From £15

Box Office: 020 7930 8800

 To book tickets please visit: PeterRabbitLive.com

 Twitter: @PeterRabbitLive

Instagram: @PeterRabbitLive

Facebook: @PeterRabbitLive

 

About Peter Rabbit™ and Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Peter Rabbit is one of the world’s best-loved children’s books and was created by author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter in 1902.  The story has never been out of print since it was first published by Frederick Warne & Co. (today an imprint of Penguin Random House) and has sold in excess of 45 million copies globally.  Beatrix Potter personally oversaw the launch of subsequent products, making Peter Rabbit the oldest licensed character in history.  Today over 2 million of her ‘little books’ are sold globally every year, whilst Peter Rabbit has appeared in books and products in more than 110 countries throughout the world. 

Penguin Ventures (part of the Penguin Random House Group) is committed to growing and protecting The Peter Rabbit™ brand and manages The World of Beatrix Potter™, one of the world’s longest running and largest international literature-based licensing programmes.

www.peterrabbit.com

PETER RABBIT™ © Frederick Warne & Co. 2018. PETER RABBIT and BEATRIX POTTER are trademarks of Frederick Warne & Co., a Penguin Random House Company.  All rights reserved.

 

Fane Productions presents ‘Sunday Encounters at the Haymarket’

Sunday Encounters at the Haymarket
Sunday Encounters at the Haymarket

Sunday Encounters at the Haymarket

Fane Productions presents an outstanding live season of world class events at one of London’s oldest and most beautiful theatres, the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Season launches March 10th with Broadway legend Patti LuPone. Tickets on sale 12pm, Friday January 25th

“Fane Productions are producing a season of ‘Sunday Encounters’ at Theatre Royal Haymarket: a unique collection of one-off encounters with some of the UK’s most inspirational and discerning voices from theatre, dance, comedy, politics and literature. In general, dark night programming of West End theatres has been of a sporadic nature, so it is a fabulous opportunity, and something of a first, for a theatre of such calibre to lease Sundays to an external producer for a full season of curated work. Working with Nigel Everett and his team at TRH has been a privilege. Fane Productions’ growing reputation for live spoken word and music events, and the obvious attractions of Theatre Royal Haymarket are proving a potent mix and the first ‘Sunday Encounters’ season is packed with famous names and faces from across the entertainment landscape.” James Albrecht, Creative Producer, Fane Productions.

The programme includes many rare encounters: Dame Judi Dench interviewed by Gyles Brandreth in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, Patti LuPone in conversation with Edward Seckerson, Sir Derek Jacobi interviewed by Anne Reid, Carlos Acosta in conversation with Mike Parkinson Jr, Kerry Ellis sings and is in conversation Gaby Roslin, and Jason Robert Brown crosses the pond for a concert with special guests. Dame Patricia Routledge talks about her life in musical theatre, whilst Charles Dance talks about his life on stage and screen, Michael Morpurgo comes to Haymarket for his 75th anniversary tour and Misha Glenny, the McMafia author and journalist, delivers a somewhat terrifying masterclass on organised crime and how it impacts on us all. Simon Schama: Wordy The Tour asks if words still pack a punch in the reign of twitter? The annual Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year comes to the Haymarket for the first time, and for Curious Arts Curate London Curious, the creators and curators of the Curious Arts Festival, take us on a series of a curious adventures with leading cultural and social historians, among them that godfather of London psychogeography Iain Sinclair. With more to be announced in the coming weeks, ‘Sunday Encounters at the Haymarket’ promises an exclusive, mind expanding, diaphragm exercising, musically compelling season of one-off events from March – June 2019. Why spend your Sundays anywhere else?

Nigel Everett, General Manager TRH says: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Fane Productions and opening our doors on Sunday’s to such an exciting and diverse programme.”

Patti LuPone says: “I’m excited to launch the Fane Productions ‘Sunday Encounters at the Haymarket’ season at the stunning Theatre Royal Haymarket. To appear at a theatre with such a rich theatrical history is a very happy way to end my time in London after several wonderful months in the West End with Company.”

Gyles Brandreth and Dame Judi said: “We are excited to be part of Fane’s ground-breaking season of special Sundays at London’s most beautiful theatre and particularly happy that all the proceeds from our show are going to GOSH, the Great Ormond Street Hospital appeal, because it’s such a worthwhile cause.”

Dame Judi added: “We had a lot of fun the last time we did this, so I’m looking forward to being with Gyles again, to being back at the beautiful Theatre Royal, Haymarket, and to supporting the Great Ormond Street Hospital.”

Gyles said: “As a schoolboy I saw all the greats on the stage of the Theatre Royal – Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson, Dame Edith Evans… Fifty years on, it’s thrilling to be treading those boards with the legendary leading lady of our time, Dame Judi Dench.  Bravo to Fane Productions for creating a season of amazing Sunday shows and bringing life (and top quality) to the West End on a Sunday.”

Full Programme:

March 10th, 7pm: Patti LuPone in conversation with Edward Seckerson

Broadway legend and two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone sits down with writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson to talk about her rich and varied career.

March 17th, 3pm: ‘Gosh, it’s Judi Dench in conversation with Gyles Brandreth’

Judi joins Gyles as they take us on a roller-coaster ride through her career, recalling some of the stars she’s known and worked with and ending with her performing a Shakespeare sonnet.

March 17, 7pm: An Evening with Charles Dance

In a very rare public appearance, Charles Dance discusses his remarkable 50-year career in theatre, film and television.

March 24th, 7pm: Kerry Ellis: An Evening of Music and Memories

West End and Broadway star talks to Gaby Roslin about 20 years in show business and performs songs from throughout her career.

March 31st, 7pm: An Evening with Jason Robert Brown and Special Guests

An informal, intimate concert with the renowned Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist, conductor, and director, Jason Robert Brown. Special guest to be announced in due course.

April 7th, 7pm: Anne Reid Interviews Sir Derek Jacobi

Two of the most celebrated British icons of stage and screen, Sir Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid meet on stage in conversation for the first time.

May 5th 2pm: Dame Patricia Routledge: Facing the Music – A Life in Musical Theatre

In this fascinating encounter with the writer, presenter and broadcaster Edward Seckerson she recalls this very special part of her career with access to some rare and treasured recordings.

May 5th, 7pm Michael Morpurgo: 75th Anniversary Tour

Michael began writing stories in the early ‘70s, inspired by the children he taught in his primary school class in Kent. He has written over 130 books, including The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Private Peaceful and War Horse.

 May 12th, 2.30pm: Misha Glenny: McMafia

Misha Glenny is an award-winning journalist and author; his international bestselling book, McMafia, was recently turned into the hit BBC TV series of the same name.

Described by The Guardian as ‘a world authority on global organised crime.’

May 12th, 7pm: Carlos Acosta in conversation with Mike Parkinson

For one night only, Carlos Acosta, the greatest male ballet dancer of our generation is in conversation with Mike Parkinson, youngest son of Sir Michael Parkinson. His story is as improbable and enthralling as his dancing, so expect captivating dialogue and Carlos might even be persuaded to dance.

 May 19th, All day from 12pm – 6.30pm: Curious Arts Curates London Curious

Join us for the day at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for ‘London Curious’ on Sunday 19th May where a series of a curious adventures with leading cultural and social historians, among them that godfather of London psychogeography Iain Sinclair, will take you into the heart of our great and teeming metropolis.

June 2nd, 7pm: Simon Schama: Wordy The Tour

Simon Schama asks if can words still pack a punch in the reign of Twitter?

Have the carriers of thought, the deliverers of argument, the elements of poetry, the sounds that make us human lost their force in the age of short attention span?

June 9th, 3pm: Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year

Mercury Musical Developments and The Stephen Sondheim Society presents the 13th annual STEPHEN SONDHEIM SOCIETY STUDENT PERFORMER OF THE YEAR competition and STILES + DREWE PRIZE.

Tickets on sale from midday Friday January 25th here: www.trh.co.uk

Or via the TRH box office number: 0207 930 8800.

 

The smash-hit & box office breaking Heathers The Musical starring Carrie Hope Fletcher transfers to London’s West End

Heathers
Heathers

Heathers

After smashing all box office records with its European premiere at The Other Palace, the sold-out production of Heathers – The Musical will make its highly anticipated West End transfer this Autumn. The 2018 Class of Westerberg High will be graduating to the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a strictly limited 12-week run, from 3 September 2018, with Carrie Hope Fletcher reprising her role as Veronica Sawyer.

Heathers – The Musical is now the highest grossing show at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Other Palace and St. James’ history having sold over 20,000 tickets across the run and having sold out prior to its opening gala performance. It is the first show in the theatre’s history to move from a studio workshop to a main house production and it now becomes The Other Palace’s first West End transfer, having reached a brand new audience; 70% of which are under the age of 30. The production will continue to develop and celebrate its younger and more diverse audience by offering over 15,000 seats at £25 across the West End run.

 Greetings, salutations. Welcome to Westerberg High, where popularity is so very a matter of life and death, and Veronica Sawyer is just another of the nobodies dreaming of a better day.

 But when she’s unexpectedly taken under the wings of the three beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers, her dreams finally start to come true.

 Until JD turns up, the mysterious teen rebel who teaches her that it might kill to be a nobody, but it’s murder being a somebody…

Based on one of the greatest teen films of all time, the 1988 cult classic starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. The award-winning writing team, Laurence O’Keefe (Legally Blonde, Bat Boy) and Kevin Murphy’s (Reefer MadnessDesperate Housewives) hit musical adaptation has enjoyed successful runs in Los Angeles and New York, and finally arrived in the UK for its European premiere on 9 June 2018, following a rapturous response to its 2017 workshop at The Other Palace.

The musical is directed by acclaimed screen and stage director Andy Fickman, with choreography by Gary Lloyd, design by David Shields, lighting by Ben Cracknell, sound by Dan Samson and casting by Will Burton. The full cast of Heathers – The Musical will be announced in due course.

Heathers – The Musical is currently running at The Other Palace until 4 August and is produced by Bill Kenwright and Paul Taylor Mills.

 

LISTINGS

HEATHERS – THE MUSICAL

THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET

3 SEPTEMBER – 24 NOVEMBER 2018

 

Production Images: Can be downloaded HERE – Pamela Raith Photography.

Press Performances:

Tuesday 11 September – 7.45pm

Wednesday 12 September – 7.45pm

Thursday 13 September – 3.00pm

Thursday 13 September – 7.45pm

*Reviews embargoed until 00.01 on Friday 14 September*

Performances:

Monday – Saturday – 7.45pm

Thursday & Saturday – 3.00pm

Ticket Prices: From £25.00

Address: 18 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HT

 Box Office: 020 7930 8800

 Website:

www.heathersthemusical.com

www.trh.co.uk

 Facebook/Twitter/Instagram:

@HeathersMusical

@TRH_London

Young Playwriting Scheme ‘Pitch Your Play’ Returns for 2018

Pitch Your Play
Pitch Your Play

Pitch Your Play

Over the last twenty years, the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust (Masterclass) has worked hard to curate unique theatre opportunities for young creatives at the start of their career by opening up the Theatre Royal Haymarket during the day, when most other theatres lie dormant.

The future of theatre relies on today’s generation having the opportunities and support to go forward and create. As such, Masterclass has announced the return of their successful Pitch Your Play scheme which invites people aged 17-30 to pitch for the opportunity to stage a reading of a new play at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Generously supported by the Noel Coward Foundation, Masterclass’ Pitch Your Play scheme offers three successful pitches access to admin support, marketing provision, rehearsal space, office space and creative guidance to hone their ideas at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Working closely with Masterclass, this is an exclusive opportunity to showcase new work in front of an invited audience of peers and industry professionals. It is a chance to invite potential funders, financial producers and potential theatres to see the play or to simply test a new piece of writing on stage in the heart of London’s West End.

Masterclass are asking for all applications to include: a short synopsis of the play, a hard copy of the first 30 pages and covering letter, but the script must be a new, unpublished piece of writing. Applications are now open and the deadline to submit the first 30 pages of the script is 10am, Tuesday 13th March! For more information and how to apply, visit the Masterclass website here.

Speaking about the return of the Pitch Your Play scheme, Jez Butterworth commented:

“Twenty five years ago when I gave up my first and last paying job to try to write for a living, I swiftly felt alone. A scheme such as Pitch Your Play would have felt like a lifeline. Witnessing work rehearsed and hearing it read aloud is oxygen for fledgling playwrights. I’m a bit jealous of those taking part, who will hear something for the first time; the strange and familiar voice, which startles, haunts, galvanises and nourishes them enough to try again.”

One of the initiative’s previous playwrights, Emma Whipday, explains how the process has helped to further her career:

“Having Shakespeare’s Sister staged at the Theatre Royal Haymarket has transformed my career. The staged reading resulted in an offer to licence and publish the play and its first professional production took place at the American Shakespeare Center in Virginia, February 2017. These are career-changing moments I simply couldn’t have imagined before Pitch Your Play. The opportunity to have my work seen by industry professionals has opened so many doors and I’m hugely grateful.”

The Masterclass Pitch Your Play initiative is generously supported by the Noel Coward Foundation.

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First Look: Rehearsal Images : Frozen at the Theatre Royal Haymarket starring Suranne Jones, Jason Watkins and Nina Sosanya

Anna Ledwich to Direct Groundbreaking West End Production Inspired by True Online Experiences of Cyber Bullying

Cookies TRH
Cookies TRH

Cookies TRH

The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust in partnership with the Pureland Foundation and children’s charity Kidscape present the world premiere of Emily Jenkins’ pioneering new play Cookies for two performances only at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 29th October 2017.

 “The internet is their battleground.
London their surround sound.
YouTube their statement maker
– their whatsit –
manifesto maker.” 

In a world of gaming, vlogging, instant messaging and streaming, the online and offline worlds of four teenagers collide when each are exposed to cyber bullying and a darker side to their digital lives.

Inspired by the online experiences of 120 students, Cookies by Fringe First Award winner Emily Jenkins, will take us on an astonishing digital journey that questions the effects and consequences of cyber bullying, and other sinister sides to the internet.

Anna Ledwich, 2015 Olivier Award nominee for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate theatre, directs this stimulating, timely and significant new piece of theatre.

Cookies has been commissioned and developed for The Cyberscene Project; an inspirational theatre initiative created by The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust in partnership with Kidscape and generously funded by Pureland Foundation. The project aims to use theatre to support the health and well-being of young people affected by cyber bullying and to raise awareness of not only the dangers of being online, but also the positives too.

In October 2016, the Cyberscene team went into four London-based further education colleges and began scripting the play through a series of theatre based workshops. In this supportive environment, over 100 young students worked alongside theatre professionals to share their intimate experiences of being online; to learn from each other and to be part of an empowering initiative which aims to address the impact of cyber bullying and the wider digital realm. The final production will feature 25 of the original 100 students as an ensemble alongside a cast of established actors who will be announced at a later date.

It is through hearing the voices of these young students that Emily Jenkins was able to conceive Cookies, a bold, new play which directly addresses some of the issues brought up in the workshops through live performance.

Speaking about the play, Emily Jenkins said;

“For those who have grown up with the internet it has become almost as fundamental to daily life – as elemental as oxygen. We are still discovering the rules and intricacies of existing within this world; yet it is young people themselves who are most aware of the difference it makes.

This play has come directly from what young people shared with me about their daily online lives; and their extraordinary and terrifying online experiences. Before we tell them what they should do or how they should behave we need to listen to what they have to say. This is not my story. It’s theirs.”

The performance taking place at the Theatre Royal Haymarket is the first landmark in the project’s legacy. Blayne George, Programme Director at Masterclass commented;

“This project doesn’t end on 29th October; on the contrary that’s where it begins. Along with this important new play we will be collating our research into a free resource pack for schools and education providers across the United Kingdom as a way of helping to raise awareness and combat the ever-growing issues of cyber bullying and digital security.”

In addition to directly supporting young people, The Cyberscene Project is also about helping adults understand the complexities of cyber bullying and engage appropriately with younger generations. Lauren Seager-Smith, CEO of children’s charity Kidscape, said;

“It’s vital that as adults seeking to support children with bullying issues we strive to understand their lives and the situations they face.  This enthralling performance will challenge us to engage on a much deeper level with young people, many of whom stand in the front line in the war against cyber bullying and online abuse. It tests our assumptions, urging us to explore their realities and work with them to find new solutions.”

Cyberscene is generously supported by The Pureland Foundation and the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Bruno Wang, Chairman of the Pureland Foundation said;

“We all know the internet can be informative and entertaining, but it’s also a place where young people can be led to harm and, as such we are proud to be partnering with Masterclass and Kidscape on such a poignant, relevant and necessary project.”

Cyberscene has been created under the artistic guidance of renowned British theatre director, Jonathan Church CBE.

Dr Ellen Helsper, Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the Media and Communications Department at the LSE, is overseeing an evaluation of the project which links with her wider research into the subject area.

Additional links and support

If you or someone you know is experiencing cyber bullying and you would like some additional support please visit Kidscape’s website for further guidance.

Listings

Cookies

29th October 2017

3pm & 6:30pm – TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY

Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT

Tickets: http://www.trh.co.uk/whatson/cookies/

Box Office: 020 7930 8800

Twitter: @MasterclassTRH / @TRH_London

#CookiesPLAY

Prices

From £7.50

For full details either visit www.trh.co.uk or call 020 7930 8800

 

Last chance to see Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo in Ian Rickson’s five star hit production of Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?

Sophie Okonedo and Damian Lewis in Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who is Sylvia

Sophie Okonedo and Damian Lewis in Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia © Uli Weber

Audiences have just over three weeks left to see this provocative and controversial box office hit production led by Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo, directed by Ian Rickson. The final performance of the strictly limited 12 week run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket will be held on 24 June.

Martin (Damian Lewis), a husband and successful New York architect with everything to lose, must confess to his wife Stevie (Sophie Okonedo) and son that he is having an affair and face the dizzying, explosive consequences. They are joined by Jason Hughes as Martin’s oldest friend Ross and newcomer Archie Madekweas their son Billy.

This deeply thought-provoking and rarely performed TONY® award winning masterpiece opened to public and critical acclaim at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 24 March.

The Olivier and Tony Award®-winning creative team includes Rae Smith (set and costume design), Neil Austin(lighting design) and Greg Clarke (sound design), with original music by PJ Harvey.

Listings:

Edward Albee’s
The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
Directed by Ian Rickson

Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, London SW1Y 4HT
www.TheGoatPlay.com
Box Office: 020 7930 8800

Twitter: @TheGoatPlay
Facebook: TheGoatPlay
Instagram: @TheGoatPlay

#TheGoatPlay

Final performance: 24 June 2017
MondaySaturday at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday at 3pm

There will be no performances from 29 May – 4 June 2017

Tickets from £15

Natalie Dormer and David Oakes in VENUS IN FUR at Theatre Royal Haymarket

TRH Productions will present Natalie Dormer and David Oakes in the West End premiere of David Ives’ hit Broadway play Venus in Fur this autumn for a strictly limited nine week engagement at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. This critically-acclaimed two-hander will run from 6 October to 9 December with opening night for press on 17 October.

Enigmatic actress Vanda Jordan appears unannounced for an audition with director Thomas Novachek. She’s determined to land the leading role in his new production – despite seeming wrong for the part. Over one evening in downtown Manhattan their charged meeting becomes a seductive dance to the end.

Directed by Patrick Marber, designed by Rob Howell with lighting by Hugh Vanstone and casting by Executive Producer Ilene Starger, Venus In Fur is an intoxicating dark comedy of desire, fantasy and the innate love of fur.

Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer is to play Vanda Jordan. Dormer is known globally for film and television roles including Margaery Tyrell in HBO series Game of Thrones, Anne Boleyn in The Tudors for ShowtimeCressida in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2, Focus Features’ The Forest, Ron Howard’s Rush, and Ridley Scott’s The Counselor.  Upcoming, Dormer stars opposite Sean Penn and Mel Gibson in The Professor and the Mad Man, and the independent thriller In Darkness, which she also co-wrote. She is currently in production on FremantleMedia’s Picnic at Hanging Rock in Australia. Venus in Fur sees Dormer reunite with Patrick Marber, who wrote After Miss Julie (Young Vic) for which she received widespread critical acclaim in the title role. Her other stage credits include Sweet Nothings (also at the Young Vic) and .45 (Hampstead Theatre).

 

David Oakes

David Oakes is to play Thomas Novachek. Oakes is best known for portraying Juan Borgia in the Emmy Award-winning Showtime Original series The Borgias, for playing William Hamleigh in Emmy Award-winning mini-series The Pillars of the Earth, for BBC’s The White Queen in the role of George, Duke of Clarence and, most recently, on screen as Prince Ernest in ITV’s Victoria, for which he is currently filming the second series. Stage credits include Kit Marlowe in Shakespeare In Love (Nöel Coward Theatre) and Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Oakes will also appear in the film adaptation of Albert Sánchez Piñol’s thriller Cold Skin set for release later this year.

Patrick Marber is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, actor and director. His productions of his own work includes Dealer’s Choice (NT & Vaudeville), After Miss Julie (BBC TV), Closer (NT, Lyric & Music Box NY) Howard Katz (NT), Three Days in the Country (NT) Don Juan in Soho (Wyndhams). His other directing credits include Travesties (Menier Chocolate Factory/ Apollo Theatre) The Caretaker (Comedy Theatre), Blue Remembered Hills  (National Theatre), ‘1953’ (Almeida) and The Old Neighborhood (Royal Court Theatre). Other plays include The Red Lion, The Musicians, The School Film (all for NT) and Hoop Lane (BBC Radio 3). His film credits include Closer (directed by Mike Nichols), Notes on a Scandal (directed by Richard Eyre), Old Street and Love You More. For television his co-writing credits include The Day Today and Knowing Me, Knowing You With Alan Partridge.  More recently Ivo van Hove directed Marber’s version of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler for the National Theatre starring Ruth Wilson. His plays have won Evening Standard, Olivier, Time Out, New York and London Critics’ Circle and Writers’ Guild Awards. His TV work has received BAFTA, British Comedy and Royal Television Society Awards. His screenplays have been nominated for Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Awards. He received the British Independent Film Award for Notes on a Scandal.

David Ives was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play for Venus In Fur, which has been produced all over the country and the world, and was turned into a film by Roman Polanski. He is also well known for his evenings of one-act comedies All In The Timing and Time Flies. Other plays include New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza; The Liar (adapted from Corneille); The School For Lies (adapted from Molière); The Metromaniacs (adapted from Alexis Piron); Is He Dead? (adapted from Mark Twain); Ancient History, and Polish Joke. A Chicago native, he lives in New York City.

Rob Howell has worked extensively in costume and set design in theatre and opera within the UK and abroad including at the Royal Court, Almeida, Donmar Warehouse, National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Welsh National Opera, Royal Opera House and Metropolitan Opera, New York as well as at numerous other West End and Broadway Theatres. Recent credits include The Ferryman (Royal Court) and Groundhog Day (UK and Broadway). He has received three Olivier Awards and multiple nominations for Tony and Olivier Awards for both Set and Costume Design, including the Olivier Award for Best Set Designer for Troilus and Cressida, Vassa and Richard III in 2000 and for Hedda Gabler in 2006. He received an Olivier Award in 2012 and a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Tony Award in 2013 and for his designs for Matilda the Musical in New York and London.

Hugh Vanstone has designed the lighting for over 200 productions and worked extensively with UK national companies and on Broadway. He has received many awards including three Oliviers, a Tony and a Molière. As associate artist at The Old Vic, he has recently lit Art, No’s Knife, Groundhog Day (UK and Broadway), The Caretaker, The Master Builder and  Future Conditional. Other work includes: Dreamgirls (Savoy), Welcome Home, Captain Fox and  Closer (Donmar); The Red Lion (National Theatre, Dorfman); Closer (Donmar and in New York); An Act Of God (New York & tour); Matilda (RSC and internationally); Strictly Ballroom (Australian tour);  Don Quixote (Royal Ballet); Tanz Der Vampire (throughout Europe & Russia); Shrek The Musical (New York, West End & UK tour); Ghost (London and internationally).

Ilene Starger is a Casting Director and Producer. West End theatre credits include The Libertine (as Casting Director/Executive Producer for TRB and TRH); Breakfast at Tiffany’s (as U.S. Casting Director for 2009 TRH production; also for 2016 UK tour.) Broadway credits include Waiting for Godot, No Man’s Land, Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Casting Director & Associate Producer), Marlene, The Elephant Man, Dance of Death, The Diary of Anne Frank, Dirty Blonde, Closer (Artios Award.) Film credits include Custody (also Associate Producer), The Rewrite, Pink Panther 1 & 2, Music and Lyrics, Two Weeks’ Notice, Night at the Museum (Artios Award), School of Rock (Artios Award), Sleepy Hollow, A Simple Plan, The Parent Trap, First Wives’ Club, Marvin’s Room, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, No Way Out. TV credits include: Witness to the Mob, The Great Gatsby, Earthly Possessions. Starger is a former VP of Casting for Walt Disney and Touchstone Pictures.

An adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s 1870 novel Venus in Furs that inspired the term masochism, Venus in Fur was first performed off-Broadway, New York in 2010 with Nina Arianda and Wes Bentley, before transferring to the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway with Nina Arianda reprising the role of Vanda Jordan alongside Hugh Dancy as Thomas Novachek. Both productions were directed by Walter Bobbie and won Arianda multiple awards including the 2011/12 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play. In 2012, Roman Polanski directed a film version of the play, in French, starring Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric.

LISTINGS

Website: www.VenusOnStage.com
Twitter: @VenusOnStageLDN
Facebook: facebook.com/VenusOnStageLDN

Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, London SW1Y 4HT

www.trh.co.uk
Box Office: 020 7930 8800

First performance on 6 October
Final performance on 9 December
Opening Night for Press on 17 October

Performances
MondaySaturday at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday at 3pm

Prices
From £15
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First look: Production images of Damian Lewis, Sophie Okonedo and the cast on stage in Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?