David Mamet’s extraordinary 1977 ‘battle of the sexes’ play The Woods will be revived at Southwark Playhouse in February 2022.
Starring American actress Francesca Carpanini in her UK stage debut and Bridgerton’s Sam Frenchum, the play is about a couple who push their relationship to breaking point in a night of stories and fights, whilst spending the weekend in a remote cabin in the woods.
Carpanini is best known for her Broadway stage roles including roles Ann Deever in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of All My Sons alongside Annette Bening and Tracy Letts, and Alexandra Giddens in The Little Foxes alongside Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon. Other theatre includes: Miranda in ‘The Tempest’ (Shakespeare in the Park); Chris in ‘Dead Poet’s Society’ (Classic Stage Company).
Sam Frenchum has just finished shooting the second series of Bridgerton for Netflix. He also starred as series regular Gary Bell in the second season of Grantchester. Theatre includes: Valued Friends (Rose Theatre, Kingston); Mersault in Ben Okri’s adaptation of Camus’ The Outsider (The Print Room); Love From A Stranger (Royal & Derngate Theatre); and Hal in Loot (Park Theatre/The Watermill).
Russell Bolam is set to direct the first UK revival of Mamet’s play in over 21 years. The Woods reunites producer Danielle Tarento with Bolam and set and costume designer Anthony Lamble after they worked together on Anya Reiss’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Three Sisters, also at Southwark Playhouse.
Bolam’s 2012 production of Philip Ridley’s ‘Shivered’ was nominated for the Whatsonstage Best Off-West End Production Award, OFFIE nominated for Best New Play, OFFIE long-listed for Best Production and Best Director.
The Woods will run from Thursday 24 February 2022 until Saturday 26 March 2022 at Southwark Playhouse, London