Mr Foote’s Other Leg
Theatre Royal Haymarket, 8 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT
Richard Eyre’s sold out Hampstead Theatre production of Mr Foote’s Other Leg transfers to the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Don’t miss the riotously funny and critically-acclaimed Mr Foote’s Other Leg as it heads to the West End for a strictly limited season, straight from a sold-out run at Hampstead Theatre. An outrageous tale of comedy, tragedy and fame, this “rollicking” (Sunday Times) and “rumbustious” (Observer) production plays at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for 12 weeks only from 28th October.
Mr Foote’s Other Leg starring Simon Russell Beale and Dervla Kirwan is a riotously funny new play, based on Ian Kelly’s award-winning biography of Foote, which explores society’s obsession with the rise and fall of celebrity through the true story of the Oscar Wilde of the 18th century.
Mr Foote’s Other Leg plays a strictly limited season from 28 October 2015 until 23 January 2016 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
In Georgian London, no one is more famous than Samuel Foote. Satirist, impressionist and dangerous comedian, he has become a celebrity in a city, and at the moment in time, when the concept of selling personality was born. He even has the ear of the king.
Adored by many, despised by some, Foote finds himself at the sharp end of attacks from the press…and a surgeon’s knife. And in an age obsessed with fame, his colleagues from the worlds of science and the stage – from Benjamin Franklin to David Garrick – begin to wonder: does fame make you mad?
The cast includes: Simon Russell Beale (Samuel Foote); Dervla Kirwan (Peg Woffington); Joseph Millson (David Garrick); Micah Balfour (Frank Barber); Jenny Galloway (Mrs Garner); Ian Kelly (Prince George); Forbes Masson (John Hunter); Colin Stinton (Benjamin Franklin/ Charles Macklin); Sophie Bleasdale (Miss Chudleigh) and Joshua Elliott (Hallam).
Mr Foote’s Other Leg is directed by Richard Eyre with design by Tim Hatley.
Simon Russell Beale at his supreme best – The Guardian