Orlando Bloom to star as Killer Joe in the West End

Orlando Bloom (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, the Pirates of the Caribbean series) is to star in the West End as a cop who moonlights as a killer-for-hire in multi award-winning Tracy Letts’ blackly comic thriller, Killer Joe.
The Smith family hatch a plan to murder their estranged matriarch for her insurance money. They hire Joe Cooper, a police detective and part-time contract killer, to do the job. But once he enters their trailer home and comes face to face with their innocent daughter, the plan spirals out of control…
A tense, gut-twisting thriller, Killer Joe, directed by Simon Evans (The Dazzle and Bug at Found111 and current West End hit The Best Man at The Playhouse) asks where the moral line is drawn in the fight for survival.

Killer Joe will play a strictly limited 13-week season from Friday 18 May – Saturday 18 August at Trafalgar Studio 1.

Press night is Monday 4 June at 7.00pm

Produced by Emily Dobbs Productions and Empire Street Productions.

Orlando Bloom said: “I’m always looking for an opportunity to get back on stage, especially in London, the heart of my home. Tracy Lett’s Killer Joe is an incredible, adrenaline-fueled piece of writing, with a dark and gritty character to play. It’s an interesting comment on a disenfranchised view of the American dream. Whilst Joe may appear to be simply a killer, I believe Lett’s intentions for Joe are far more layered. It’s very different from many of the film roles I’m most recognized for. After talking it through with director Simon Evans, I know we will create a production that is polarizing, entertaining, dark and funny. The play may be 25 years old this year, but the relationships it portrays, especially between Joe and the innocent girl Dottie, speak so brilliantly to the empowerment we’re seeing around the world in 2018. It’s the perfect time to be bringing this play back to London, and I couldn’t be more excited to be part of it.”

Orlando Bloom
Actor and producer Orlando Bloom will next star in Amazon’s newest original series Carnival Row, an eight-episode fantasy noir set in a neo-Victorian city. The series will premiere in 2019 and Orlando is both a producer and star of the show. Bloom is well known for his role as ‘Will Turner’ in the Pirates of the Caribbean films which have all been massive box office hits, grossing a total of $4.6 billion worldwide. The fifth and most recent film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was released in May 2017 and grossed almost $800 million. Additionally, Orlando is well known for his role as ‘Legolas’ in Peter Jackson’s Academy Award winning trilogy The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The five films that Orlando starred in grossed over $4.8 billion. Bloom’s other film credits include Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down and Kingdom of Heaven, Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown and Wolfgang Peterson’s Troy, among many others. On stage, Bloom received critical acclaim for his Broadway debut as ‘Romeo’ in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, directed by David Leveaux. In 2007, he made his debut at London’s West End in a revival of David Storey’s 1969 drama In Celebration produced by Sonia Friedman and directed by Anna Mackmin. Bloom graduated from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he performed in many stage productions, including Peer Gynt and Twelfth Night. For over a decade, Orlando has been a Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and travels around the world to fight for the rights of children and was honored with the BAFTA Britannia Humanitarian Award in 2015.

Simon Evans (director)
Simon Evans’s credits as a director include: The Best Man at the Playhouse Theatre, West End, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Donmar Warehouse, The Dazzle, Bug and Fool For Love at Found111, Alligators at Hampstead Theatre, The Silence of the Sea at the Donmar Warehouse, Almost Maine, Shawshank Redemption and Ghostbuisters for Secret Cinema, Rubber Room at the Old Vic, and Madness in Valencia at Trafalgar Studios. Simon was Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse, Staff Director at the National and Creative Associate at the Bush. He is Artistic Director of Myriad & Co.

“Simon Evans directs with a pitch-perfect blend of tragi-comic rigour and piercing tenderness”
The Daily Telegraph on The Dazzle

Tracy Letts (playwright)
Tracy Letts is the author of the plays The Minutes, Linda Vista, Mary Page Marlowe, Superior Donuts, August: Osage County (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award), Man From Nebraska (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Time Magazine’s Top 10 Plays of 2003), Bug, and Killer Joe.  Also an actor, he has appeared on Broadway in Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses and Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2013 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role). Film appearances include The Post, Lady Bird, The Lovers, Christine, Imperium, Indignation, Wiener-dog, Elvis and Nixon, The Big Short. TV: Divorce (HBO), two seasons as Sen. Lockhart on Homeland (Showtime), Seinfeld. He is an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and his appearances there include: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, American Buffalo, Betrayal, Homebody/Kabul, The Dresser, The Dazzle, Glengarry Glen Ross, Three Days of Rain, many others.

Emily Dobbs Productions (producer)
Emily Dobbs Productions (EDP) is an independent theatre company based in London and run by Emily Dobbs. Emily trained as an actress at Central School of Speech and Drama. In 2015 she founded and opened a new pop up theatre – Found111 – at the site of the old Central St Martin’s School of Art on Charing Cross Road. Found111 was a huge commercial and critical success, producing consecutive sell out productions starring actors including James Norton, Andrew Scott, Niamh Cusack and Matthew Lewis. Found111 was nominated for the Peter Brook Empty Space Award. Emily ran and programmed the venue for 18 months before the building was demolished. Emily commissioned and produced the critically acclaimed adaption of The Seagull starring Lily James, adapted by Anya Reiss. She was also chosen as one of the three producers to produce for the highly competitive One Stage season at the St James Theatre with her production of Anya Reiss’ Uncle Vanya, starring John Hannah. EDP has a diverse artistic policy that includes commissioning original adaptations and new writing, contemporary re-imaginings of classics, and revivals and has produced critically acclaimed work across London, at regional venues in the UK, and in New York. Emily collaborates with the most exciting new talent working in the UK and internationally, and with established creatives to create high quality, exciting and accessible work. EDP is committed to making bold creative choices whilst garnering critical acclaim and maximising profit potential. Past productions include: BUG, The Dazzle, Unfaithful, Fool For Love (Found111), The Father (Trafalgar Studios), Uncle Vanya (St James Theatre), Orson’s’ Shadow, Three Sisters, The Love Girl And The Innocent, Antigone,The Hostage (Southwark Playhouse), Cornelius (New York transfer to 59E59 Theater), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Gotcha, Stars In The Morning Skies (Riverside Studios), Dusa Fish Stas & Vi, Love On The Dole, Ours (Finborough), Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down (Arcola). Touring productions include: Dusa Fish Stas &VI, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It. Emily also runs Jagged Fence Theatre (JFT), which is a registered charity committed to commissioning new writing. JFT commissioned the highly successful Chekhov adaptations by award winning writer Anya Reiss. JFT are currently working with Anya Reiss on a new work. EDP and JFT work alongside each other to commission create and produce fresh and fearless work.

Empire Street Productions (producer)
James Bierman is an independent Film and Theatre Producer and he recently produced his first feature film Genius written by Academy Award Nominee John Logan and starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney which premiered in competition at the Berlin Film Festival. James is a Tony Award-winning producer of John Logan’s stage play Red. He has worked in professional theatre since 1992 enjoying success in both the commercial and subsidised sectors and is currently on the board of the Society of London Theatres. As Executive Producer of London’s Donmar Warehouse (2006 -11) he was involved in over 45 productions which won numerous awards including Tony, Drama Desk, Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and South Bank Awards. Alongside Michael Grandage he produced the Donmar West End Season at the Wyndham’s Theatre to both critical acclaim, and financial success. He produced a further two West End, and four Broadway, transfers of the company’s work. With Grandage he took the Donmar’s portfolio to a wider audience, touring nationally and internationally, with BBC radio broadcasts of ‘The Chalk Garden’ and ‘Othello’, as well as the cast recording of ‘Parade’, and the NT Live transmission of ‘King Lear’ in 2011 to over 350 cinemas worldwide. The culmination of this work at the Donmar came with the purchase of two properties: the theatre in Earlham Street; and a rehearsal, education and office space in Dryden Street.As a producer at the Michael Grandage Company (MGC), which he founded with Grandage in 2011, he produced five hugely successful productions at the Noel Coward Theatre, in London’s West End: ‘Privates on Parade’ starring Simon Russell Beale; ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ starring Sheridan Smith and David Walliams; a new play by Genius writer John Logan entitled ‘Peter and Alice’ starring Dame Judi Dench and Ben Wishaw; ‘Henry V’ starring Jude Law; and ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’, starring Daniel Radcliffe. The sell-out production of Martin McDonagh’s black comedy later transferred to Broadway with critical acclaim and Tony nominations both for the production and for Radcliffe in the lead role. This MGC season also broke new ground by reaching new audiences through competitive ticket pricing and access, with tickets available for as little as ten pounds. Most recently in 2015 the production ‘Photograph 51’, starring Nicole Kidman as DNA scientist Rosalind Franklin, opened in London for a limited run. The play, which welcomed Kidman back to the West End after a 17year absence, received rave reviews at the Noel Coward Theatre winning Kidman the Evening Standard and Whatsonstage Best Actress Awards and also Best New Play at the Whatsonstage Awards.

Orlando Bloom
stars in
Killer Joe
by Tracy Letts
Trafalgar Studios 1
14 Whitehall

Friday 18 May – Saturday 18 August

Press night Monday 4 June at 7.00pm

Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday & Saturday
matinee at 2.30pm

Tickets: from £15.00

Tickets on sale from 12noon
on Monday 26 March

Age recommendation 16+
Contains nudity, violence and adult themes

Box Office: 0844 871 7632
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(No booking fee)
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