Simon Russell Beale in Mr Foote's Other Leg at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
The Hit Show Transfers to the West End Following its Run at the Hampstead Theatre
The Hampstead Theatre is having a good 2015, announcing an array of their shows which will be transferring to the West End, including last year’s hit Four Minutes Twelve Seconds. Now it has been revealed that Mr Foote’s Other Leg, which can still be seen at the North London venue, will also be making the West End trip with a run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Simon Russell Beale, who has been impressing crowds in Hampstead, heads to the West End with a cast that includes Dervla Kirwan, Joseph Millson, Micah Balfour, Jenny Galloway, Ian Kelly, Forbes Masson, Colin Stinton, Sophie Bleasdale and Joshua Elliot. Kelly, who plays Prince George, is also the show’s writer.
Set in Georgian London, the show focuses on the character of Samuel Foote and press releases offer up this synopsis: “Satirist, impressionist and dangerous comedian, (Foote) 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?”
Simon Russell Beale needs little introduction as he is one of the country’s most acclaimed performers. Over the years audiences have seen in appear on some the capital’s most prestigious stages like the National Theatre (for Timon of Athens and London Assurance) and the Donmar Warehouse (for Temple), with other credits like Privates On Parade at the Noël Coward Theatre. For the screen his work includes Spooks and Dunkirk, amongst others.
The show also boasts and acclaimed director in Richard Eyre and it is likely to be one of the most talked-about shows of late 2015.
Mr Foote’s Other Leg is at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from Wednesday 4th November 2015 (previews from Wednesday 28th October 2015) to Saturday 23rd January 2016.