January 17, 2014
Might David Duchovny be tempted to join Natascha McElhone in Trevor Nunn’s production of Fatal Attraction?
It has just been announced that British actress Natascha McElhone has been cast in the Glenn Close role of Alex Forrest in the new stage play based on hit movie Fatal Attraction.
Natascha is just finishing filming the seventh and final season of Showtime’s hit series Californation, alongside X Files star David Duchovny.
This goes into the “Fantasy Casting” category, but might David Duchovny be tempted by producers Robert Fox and Patrick Ryecart to join his Californication co-star Natascha on the London stage?
He’d be in good company given that his X Files co-star Gillian Anderson will be giving her Blanche DuBois over at the Young Vic this summer.
he role of Dan Gallagher in Fatal Attraction was iconically played by Michael Douglas in the movie, so the part needs a big hitter to do justice to the role and fill the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Natascha and David clearly have chemistry.
Let’s make this happen!!
January 17, 2014
Natascha McElhone cast in Trevor Nunn’s production of Fatal Attraction at Theatre Royal Haymarket.
English actress Natascha McElhone, best known for The Truman Show and Californication, has been cast as Alex Forrest in new play Fatal Attraction.
The role was made famous by Glenn Close in the hit movie Fatal Attraction, and now the screenwriter of Fatal Attraction, James Dearden, has turned his screenplay into a stage drama, to be directed by Trevor Nunn. The show starts previews at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 8 March 2014.
The role of Dan Gallagher, famously played by Michael Douglas in the movie, is yet to be cast.
Fatal Attraction is the story of a bunny-boiling (literally!) woman who meets a successful, married New York lawyer in a bar, and following a brief encounter makes his life a living nightmare.
Natascha McElhone is best known for movie and TV roles that 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, Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Sea. On TV she currently plays Karen in Showtime series Californication. Her stage work includes Richard III and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Open Air Theatre, The Count of Monte Cristo at Manchester Royal Exchange, The Cherry Orchard at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre and Honour at Wyndhams’ Theatre.
Natascha is currently completing the seventh and final series of Showtime series Californication in Los Angeles alongside David Duchovny.
The play will be produced by Robert Fox, TRH Productions and Patrick Ryecart.
James Dearden has adapted to play to be more sympathetic to the Alex character; Glenn Close recently said at a mental illness conference at the White House that she would play the character of Alex differently now and fears her portrayal of Alex Forrest contributed to media stigmas surrounding mental illness.
One of the film’s most scary scenes is when Alex boils Dan’s family’s pet rabbit on the stove. A tongue-in-cheek Robert Fox told Baz in the Daily Mail that: “There will be a very well prepared bunny on stage every night, with its own, very selective dressing room.”
September 21, 2013
Trevor Nunn directs the world stage premiere of Fatal Attraction at the Theatre Royal Haymarket starring Natascha McElhone, Kristin Davis and Mark Bazeley.
A brand new stage adaptation of the smash-hit movie Fatal Attraction comes to the Theatre Royal Haymarket (from 8 March 2014).
The new stage play by James Dearden, who wrote the original 1987 screenplay for Fatal Attraction which starred Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, is running for a strictly limited season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
In Fatal Attraction a casual liaison between married man Dan Gallagher and gorgeous woman Alex Forrest turns into a living nightmare for the successful New York lawyer when Alex refuses to be passed aside. With terrifying consequences, she pursues Dan and his family in this compelling tale of obsession and revenge.
English actress Natascha McElhone, best known for The Truman Show and Californication, plays Alex Forrest alongside Mark Bazeley as Dan Gallagher and Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis as his wife Beth. Other cast includes Jane How as Joan and Alex Lowe as Jimmy.
August 2, 2013
SIR TREVOR NUNN and OLIVIA WILLIAMS
LEAD ST. JAMES THEATRE INTO SECOND YEAR
David Gilmore, Artistic Director of the St. James Theatre, today announces the next production at the St. James Theatre. Scenes from a Marriage, written by Ingmar Bergman, adapted by Joanna Murray-Smith and directed by Trevor Nunn will run from 11 September to 09 November. The press night will take place on 16 September 2013, almost exactly one year since the theatre’s first press night, for Bully Boy by Sandi Toksvig, which took place on 18 September 2012.
Olivia Williams will lead the cast as Marrianne in Bergman’s play, which was originally created for Swedish television and acquired the status of a classic. The stage version was first produced in 2008 by the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, where it was also directed by Trevor Nunn. Original designs were by Rob Jones, and these have been adapted for the St. James Theatre production by Al Turner; original lighting was by Paul Pyant, adapted by Derek Anderson and fight direction is by Terry King.
Full casting will be announced shortly.
A portrait of extraordinary intimacy and an honest and moving love story that follows Johan and Marianne from happily married couple to warring contenders in divorce and beyond.
Sir Trevor Nunn has been has been the artistic director for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, and, most recently, the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. He has worked extensively in the West End and on Broadway and his productions include Cats, Starlight Express, Les Misérables (all West End), Macbeth, Othello (RSC), King Lear, The Seagull (both RSC, world tour and West End), Hamlet, Kiss Me Kate (both Old Vic), Birdsong (Comedy Theatre), Flare Path, Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, The Tempest, The Lion In Winter (all Theatre Royal, Haymarket), A Chorus of Disapproval (Harold Pinter Theatre), All That Fall (Jermyn Street Theatre) and Relative Values (Theatre Royal Bath).
Olivia Williams has previously worked with Sir Trevor Nunn in his farewell production as artistic director of the National Theatre, Love’s Labour’s Lost. Her further theatre credits include Hotel in Amsterdam ( Donmar Warehouse), The Changeling (Barbican), Happy Now? (National Theatre) and In a Forest Dark and Deep (Vaudeville Theatre). On film, Williams has appeared in The Sixth Sense; An Education; Kevin Costner’s The Postman; Wes Anderson’s Rushmore; Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer, for which she won ‘Best Supporting Actress’ from the National Society of Film Critics, ‘British Supporting Actress of the Year’ at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards and ‘Best Supporting Actress’ at the Los Angeles Film Critics’ Awards and The Heart of Me, for which she was named ‘Best Actress’ at the 2003 British Independent Film Awards. Williams’ television credits include nineteen episodes of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse and Miss Austen Regrets.
Eight critically acclaimed productions have been staged at the St. James Theatre during its first year. Playwrights have included Sandi Toksvig, Timberlake Wertenbaker and Richard Greenberg; with directors including John Caird, Sally Cookson, Max Stafford Clark, James Dacre, Sir Jonathan Miller and David Grindley and with actors including Anthony Andrews, Barrie Rutter and Diana Quick.
Noel Coward’s Relative Values West End bound with Patricia Hodge, Rory Bremner and Caroline Quentin?
May 10, 2013
West End transfer gossip
Trevor Nunn directs a new production of Noel Coward’s Relative Values at the Theatre Royal Bath this summer (from 12 June 2013).
In a starry cast that features Katherine Kingsley, Patricia Hodge, Rory Bremner and Caroline Quentin, the rumours are that the play may be West End bound.
One of Noël Coward’s most successful comedies, Relative Values in set in the early 1950s and deals with the culture clash between the glittering world of Hollywood and the stiff upper lip of the English aristocracy.
November 28, 2012
Production photos of Kiss Me, Kate at the Old Vic Theatre
Trevor Nunn has pulled out all of the showbiz stops for this new production of classic Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate, which makes a welcome transfer to London following a successful run in Chichester this summer.
A fabulous cast includes Hannah Waddingham, Adam Garcia, Alex Bourne, David Burt and Clive Rowe.
Cast: Michelle Bishop, Alex Bourne, Kevin Brewis, Wendy Mae Brown, David Burt, Christopher Dickins, Adam Garcia, Paul Grunert, Mark Heenehan , Shaun Henson, Samuel Holmes, Richard Jones, Carolyn Maitland, Jo Morris, Jason Pennycooke, Tanya Robb, Clive Rowe, Warren Sollars, Holly Dale Spencer, Flik Swan, Kate Tydman, Hannah Waddingham and TimW alton.
Photos by Roy Tan
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November 28, 2012
Reviews round-up of Kiss Me, Kate at the Old Vic Theatre
Chichester Festival Theatre is on a theatrical roll with its hit musical Singin’ in the Rain currently wowing audiences in the West End, and Sweeney Todd picking up best musical at Sunday’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
Their latest transfer is Kiss Me, Kate, which garnered great reviews in Chichester earlier this year and now delivers all over again at the Old Vic Theatre (until 2 March 2013).
Trevor Nunn directs this new production of classic Cole Porter musical which features a fabulous cast including Hannah Waddingham, Adam Garcia, Alex Bourne, David Burt and Clive Rowe.
But what do the critics think? See reviews below from the Telegraph, Evening Standard, FT and more.
November 12, 2012
Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon star in All That Fall by Samuel Beckett, directed by Trevor Nunn. 5 STARS – The Guardian.
Following a hugely successful run at the Jermyn Street Theatre, All That Fall transfers to the Arts Theatre. Originally written as a radio play, the Becektt Estate has finally allowed the play to be performed on stage on the proviso that it is presented as if the audience are watching a group of actors recording the piece for radio. Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon perform with scripts in their hands, there are visible microphones, and a host of sound effects, ranging from farmyard animals to hissing steam locomotives.
November 6, 2012
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An all-star cast feature in Trevor Nunn’s sparkling revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s classic comedy A Chorus of Disapproval.
Rob Brydon (Gavin & Stacey) makes his West End theatre debut in the comedy, alongside Olivier Award-winner Nigel Harman (Shrek, EastEnders) and British Comedy Award-winner Ashley Jensen (Extras, Ugly Betty).
In Alan Ayckbourn’s riotous comedy The Pendon Amateur Light Operatic Society’s production of The Beggar’s Opera is going off the rails, until a handsome but shy young widower Guy (Harman) joins the group. An instant hit with the company’s ferocious director Dafydd (Brydon) and the shows leading ladies, including Dafydd’s wife Hannah (Jensen), Guy soon gets more than he bargained for as he discovers that all the best action happens off-stage!
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September 11, 2012
Rehearsal photos of Alan Ayckbourn’s A Chorus of Disapproval at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
This month Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy A Chorus of Disapproval is set for a big-name revival at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London.
Directed by Trevor Nunn, the play stars Rob Brydon (Gavin & Stacey) making his West End stage debut, alongside Olivier Award winner Nigel Harman (Shrek The Musical) and British Comedy Award winner Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty). It is the first time that the play has been produced in the West End since the National Theatre transferred its hit production in 1986.
In the comedy, there is chaos when the Pendon Amateur Light Operatic Society’s production of The Beggar’s Opera goes off the rails. It’s only when shy, handsome widower Guy (Nigel Harman) joins the group that things start to look up and Guy becomes a big hit with the show’s hysterical director Dafydd (Rob Brydon) and the show’s leading ladies, including Dafydd’s wife Hannah (Ashley Jensen). Romantic rivalry, petty squabbles and back-stage bitching means that there is plenty more going on behind-the-scenes than on the stage in Ayckbourn’s timeless, classic comedy.
A Chorus of Disapproval begins previews on 17 September 2012. The creative team includes Trevor Nunn as director, designs by Robert Jones, lighting by Tim Mitchell, sound by Fergus O’Hare and music direction by Steven Edis.
Other cast members include Jessica Ellerby, Barrie Rutter, Paul Thornley, Susan Tracy, Banham, Daisy Beaumont, Georgia Brown, Rob Compton, Matthew Cottle and Steven Edis.
Photos by Catherine Ashmore.