Trevor Nunn directs a cast is led by Natascha McElhone as Alex Forrest with Mark Bazeley as Dan Gallagher and Kristin Davis as his wife Beth, in the world stage premiere of Fatal Attraction written by James Dearden. Opening at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 25 March 2014, with previews from 11 March Fatal Attraction is currently booking to 21st June 2014. Designs are by Rob Jones with lighting by Paul Pyant and sound by Paul Groothuis.
Joining McElhone, Bazeley and Davis are Jane How as Joan, Alex Lowe as Jimmy, Nana Amoo-Gottfried as Detective Miller, Hannah Bourne as Real Estate Agent, Naomi Capron as Martha, Jonathan Forbes as Lieutenant O’Rourke, Gerard Gilroy as Removal Man, Stephen Omer as Sergeant, Holly J Barrett, Sophia Pettit, Lois Ellington and Amelia Crouch alternate the role of Ellen Gallagher and ensemble members are Miranda Keeling, Harry Long, and Angela Phinnimore.
This story of obsession and revenge explores how a chance meeting in a bar and a casual encounter quickly becomes a living nightmare for Dan Gallagher, a successful New York lawyer, and his young family. After spending one weekend with the gorgeous Alex Forrest, he assumes he can just walk away, but Alex is a woman who refuses to be ignored. She pursues Dan and his family with terrifying consequences.
Mark Bazeley (Dan Gallagher) was last on stage in Trevor Nunn’s production of Scenes from a Marriage at the St James’ Theatre. His other theatre credits include Our New Girl for the Bush Theatre, The Seagull for the National Theatre, Death of a Salesman at the Lyric Theatre, Macbeth at the Albery Theatre, Homebody/Kabul for the Young Vic and The Real Thing for the Donmar Warehouse. His television credits include Death in Paradise, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Endeavour, The Accused, Mistresses, Hustle, Spooks and Prime Suspect. Bazeley’s film credits include The Queen, The Damned United and The Special Relationship.
Kristin Davis will make her West End stage debut as Beth Gallagher. She is best known on television for playing Charlotte in HBO’s Sex and the City. Her other television credits include the role of Brooke Armstrong in Melrose Place and more recently Ginny in Bad Teacher , as well as guest appearances on Will & Grace, Friends, Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show and ER. Her many film credits include Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Sex and The City 1 & 2, Couples Retreat, Deck The Halls, The Shaggy Dog and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D. In 2012 Davis made her Broadway stage debut in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. She made her British stage debut playing Sunny Jacobs in The Exonerated in London in 2006 at Hammersmith’s Riverside Studio, following an off-Broadway run. Davis also performed in the Brave New World season, a three day marathon of 50 original works that commemorated the September 11th attacks.
Natascha McElhone’s (Alex Forrest) stage credits include Richard III and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Open Air Theatre Regents Park, The Count of Monte Cristo at Manchester Royal Exchange, Mishe Mokiev’s production of The Cherry Orchard at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre and more recently, Honour at Wyndhams’ Theatre. Her extensive film credits include Surviving Picasso, The Truman Show, The Devil’s Own, Ronin, Solaris, The Secret of Moonacre Manor, Mrs Dalloway, Laurel Canyon, Ladies in Lavender, The Kid, Theatre of Dreams and Love’s Labour’s Lost. More recently McElhone starred in The Sea opposite Rufus Sewell and Ciaran Hinds. Her many television credits include NBC’s mini-series Revelations, The Company and Sleepyhead for Sky TV. McElhone stars as Karen in the popular Showtime TV series Californication, now airing its last and final season.
James Dearden wrote his Academy Award nominated original screenplay for Fatal Attraction in 1986, based on his short film Diversion, which he wrote, produced and directed in 1979. He wrote and directed Pascali’s Island in 1987 – starring Ben Kingsley, Charles Dance and Helen Mirren – which was selected as the official British entry for the 1988 Cannes Film Festival. Dearden has worked extensively as a screenwriter in Hollywood for a number of years, during which time he also wrote and directed the feature films A Kiss Before Dying and Rogue Trader. He recently co-wrote the screenplay of Albert Cohen’s Belle de Seigneur. This theatrical version of Fatal Attraction marks his first venture into live theatre.
Theatre Royal Haymarket
Booking From: 8th March 2014
Booking Until: 21st June 2014
Page updated 18th October 2014