The National Theatre has released behind-the-scenes rehearsal images for its forthcoming revival of Lucy Prebble’s The Effect, starring Paapa Essiedu and Taylor Russell.
The Effect is playing at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre from 1 August to 7 October 2023, directed by Jamie Lloyd (Cyrano de Bergerac, A Doll’s House).
The revival of this funny and intimate examination of love and ethics by Lucy Prebble (HBO’s Succession, The Sugar Syndrome, ENRON, A Very Expensive Poison), stars Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You, The Capture) as Tristan and Taylor Russell (Bones and All) as Connie.
Joining them will be Michele Austin (Cyrano de Bergerac) as Dr Lorna James and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Tina – The Tina Turner Musical) as Dr Toby Sealey; and the cast also includes Shereener Browne, Valentine Hanson, Mara Huf, and Joseph Langdon.
Alongside Jamie Lloyd, the creative team includes set and costume design by regular Jamie Lloyd collaborator Soutra Gilmour, plus lighting design by Jon Clark, composition by Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, sound design by George Dennis, movement direction by Sarah Golding and Yukiko Masui (SAY), fight direction by Kate Waters, intimacy co-ordination by Ingrid Mackinnon and casting by Alastair Coomer CDG and Chloe Blake.
The Effect first premiered at the National Theatre in 2012, and won the 2012 Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play.