Di and Viv and Rose at the Vaudeville Theatre
Vaudeville Theatre, Strand, London, WC2R 0NH
Hit comedy Di and Viv and Rose transfers to the Vaudeville Theatre starring Tamzin Outhwaite, Samantha Spiro and Jenna Russell.
Following a sensational run at Hampstead Theatre, Amelia Bullmore’s hilarious and insightful comedy Di and Viv and Rose about female friendship transfers to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre from 22 January 2015.
Di and Viv and Rose features a fabulous cast including EastEnders and New Tricks star Tamzin Outhwaite as Di, Olivier Award winner Samantha Spiro (Hello Dolly, Grandma’s House) as Viv and Olivier Award winner Jenna Russell (Sunday in the Park with George, Urinetown) as Rose.
Directed by Anna Mackmin, Di and Viv and Rose is written by acclaimed author and actress Amelia Bullmore, with writing credits including Mammals, This Life and Scott and Bailey.
The show is designed by Paul Wills, with lighting by Oliver Fenwick, sound by Simon Baker, choreography by Scarlett Mackmin and costume supervision by Jackie Orton.
Aged eighteen, three women join forces at university. Life is fun. Living is intense. Together they feel unassailable. Di and Viv and Rose is a hilarious and thoughtful exploration of friendship’s impact on life, and life’s impact on friendship.
Tamzin Outhwaite reprises her role as Di. Her TV credits include New Tricks, Doctor Who, Foyle’s War, Silent Witness, Law and Order UK, Hotel Babylon, Hustle and EastEnders. Stage credits include Breeders, currently playing at the St James Theatre, Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal Haymarket and Menier Chocolate Factory), Boeing Boeing (Comedy Theatre), Breathing Corpses and Flesh Wound (Royal Court Theatre) and Oliver (London Palladium).
Samantha Spiro’s stage credits include Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe), Filumena (Almeida), Chicken Soup with Barley (Royal Court Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing and Hello Dolly (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick (National Theatre), Funny Girl (Chichester Festival), A Little Night Music (Chicago Shakespeare’s Theatre), and Merrily We Roll Along (Donmar Warehouse). TV work includes Bad Education, Psychobitches, Grandma’s House, Rock&Chips, After You’ve Gone, Coupling, The Wrong Mans and Cold Feet.
Jenna Russell is about to return to the West End in hit musical Urinetown at the Apollo Theatre. Her other stage credits include Mr Burns (Almeida), Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory and Harold Pinter Theatre), Into the Woods (Regent’s Park Open Air), Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly Theatre) and Sunday in the Park with George (Menier and Roundabout, New York).
Reviews for Hampstead Theatre production
★★★★ “An endearing, warm-hearted piece that is surprising, smartly funny and full of female banter and which reflects perceptively on what friendship really means and how it can be splintered and mended.” Daily Express
★★★★ “Amelia Bullmore’s three-hander is a big, warm-hearted piece about female friendship which doesn’t — as friends don’t — shy away from occasional hard-hitting home truths” Evening Standard
★★★★ “Anna Mackmin directs a sharply observed, richly enjoyable production, elegantly staged and mixing laughter with sudden jolts of pain and loss.” Telegraph
★★★★ “One thing that does affect them is music – and the most unforgettable scene in Anna Mackmin’s vivid production shows the three women miming and dancing to Prince’s Let’s Go Crazy with hilariously boozy fervour.” Guardian
★★★★ “It’s a play that will last.” The Times
★★★★ “It achieves what it sets out to do – show how the lives of a trio of women are shaped by their friendship over some twenty-seven years – in a manner that brims over with warm, effervescent humour and sharp, unsentimental perceptiveness” Independent
★★★★ Daily Mail
★★★★ Financial Times