Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at the Playhouse Theatre

Playhouse Theatre, London

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Pedro Almodóvar’s cult movie Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown comes to London in this new musical starring Tamsin Greig and Haydn Gwnne.


Olivier-Award winning actress Tamsin Greig stars in the UK premiere of new musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, based on Pedro Almodóvar’s cult comedy movie classic.

Adapted by David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), the show is directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific), and will have a limited 20 week run at the Playhouse Theatre from 16 December 2014.

The show also stars award-winning actress Haydn Gwynne as Lucia, Jerome Pradon as Iva,  Anna Skellern as Candela, Seline Hizli as Marisa and Willemijn Verkaik as Paulina.


Capturing the sexy and colourful spirit of Pedro Almodóvar’s Madrid, Pepa (Tamsin Greig) and her friends juggle their everyday lives and extraordinary moments in a surprising, heart-breaking and rebellious musical comedy.


A fabulous cast includes Tamsin Greig, Haydn Gwynne, Jérôme Pradon, Anna Skellern, Ricardo Afonso, Haydn Oakley, Seline Hizli and Willemijn Verkaik, with additional cast including Marianne Benedict, Holly James, Michael Matus, Rebecca McKinnis, Sarah Moyle, Alastair Natkiel, Nuno Queimado and Dale Rapley.

Tamsin Greig (Pepa) is a multi-award winning actress best known for her TV roles in Episodes, Green Wing, Friday Night Dinner, Love Soup and Black Books.

Haydn Gwnne’s (Lucia) extensive theatre credits include Margaret Thatcher in The Audience, Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot, City of Angels and Ziegfeld.

Seline Hizli’s (Marisa) include Jumpy at the Royal Court Theatre and The House of Bernada Alba at the Almeida, with TV work including Call the Midwife and Law and Order UK 3.

Anna Skellern’s (Candela) theatre work includes Holding the Man at the Trafalgar Studios, and on TV has appeared in Parade’s End, The Interceptor, The Musketeers and Outnumbered.

Willemijn Verkaik’s (Paulina) theatre credits include playing Elphaba in Wicked in London, Broadway, Germany and Holland, plus Scaramouche and Killer Queen in We Will Rock You.

Jérôme Pradon’s (Ivan) theatre credits include Mamma Mia! in France and Les Misérables in the West End and Paris.


★★★★ “Funny, frantic and vivacious it puts a smile on your face and a weevil in your brain.” Daily Express

★★★★ “An absolute joy of an evening, built paradoxically on the despair, rejection, heart-break and jealousy that comes with love betrayed” The Telegraph

★★★★  “a cheerful, life-affirming lament about sisterly solidarity in the face of rotten, beastly men. Magnifico!” Daily Mail


Additional Information

Performance dates
Booking to 15 August 2015
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Venue Information

Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE
Nearest Tube or Train: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 77A, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176, 453

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