A major revival of The Shape of Things will open at the Park Theatre this Spring.
Written by American playwright and film director Neil LaBute, whose work includes In The Company of Men, The Wicker Man & Death at a Funeral, The Shape of Things is a dark comedy about the drama of human relationships, the nature of love and art, and how far would you go for either?
Directed by Nicky Allpress, who is currently directing a revival of The Walworth Farce at Southwark Playhouse, this production will be the first major revival since 2004.
The Shape of Things premièred at the Temporary Almeida Theatre at Kings Cross in 2001, directed by Neil LaBute, with Paul Rudd, Rachel Weisz, Gretchen Mol, and Fred Weller. The London production opened Off-Broadway later that year, winning the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.
LaBute wrote and directed a 2003 comedy drama film based on his play, featuring the original cast. The play has been revived in Dublin, London and New York.
Neil LaBute said, “The Shape of Things remains one of my favourite plays and I am thrilled that it is returning to London this summer, the city where it first came to life in 2001. In today’s world where everyone looks to change, alter or reinvent who they really are, this story continues to be hugely relevant and, in some ways, more so now than ever before. I look forward to working with Nicky Allpress and Trish Wadley and the entire creative team as they bring the production to life at the Park Theatre.”
Casting for the production is to be announced.
The Shape of Things will run from 24 May 2023 until 1 July 2023 at Park Theatre London.