Thandie Newton in Death And The Maiden at the Comedy Theatre
A New Production of Ariel Dorfman’s 1990 Play Set to Appear in the West End from October 2011
With various shows in the West End already featuring well known names of the screen there are already plenty of opportunities to witness the work of recognisable personalities – from Kevin Spacey in “Richard III” to James Corden in “One Man, Two Guvnors” – and now theatregoers can add another to the list. A new production of Ariel Dorfman’s “Death and the Maiden” is set to head to the Comedy Theatre later in the year and Thandie Newton has been announced for the role of Paulina.
Newton has appeared in a wide range of movies over the years, in the process appearing alongside a wealth of well known film stars. She has worked with Will Smith in “The Pursuit of Happyness”, Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible II”, Simon Pegg in “Run, Fatboy, Run”, Josh Brolin in “W”, Vin Diesel in “The Chronicles of Riddick” and many more. Her career has also seen her appear in a wealth of well known television shows as well, with her best known work in the US drama “ER” as the wife to Noah Wyle’s Dr Carter.
There’s no word yet on who she will be starring alongside in “Death and the Maiden” though it is likely to attract some talented names. After all, it is a Laurence Olivier Award-winning play from Ariel Dorfman that originally appeared at the Royal Court Theatre back in 1991 under the direction of Lindsay Posner. Juliet Stevenson appeared in this version of the production and it later appeared on Broadway with Glenn Close and Richard Dreyfuss in lead roles, in addition to a movie from Roman Polanski featuring Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.
Paulina, portrayed by Newton, is a former political prisoner who did not see the face of her captor but remembers his voice and mannerisms. When one dictatorial political system falls and a democracy rises in its place she finds herself acting as a judge and jury member to someone she thinks was her captor and she is forced to reconcile her past. The show is to be directed by Jeremy Herrin.
“Death and the Maiden” appears at the Comedy Theatre from Monday 24th October 2011 (previews from Thursday 13th October 2011) to Saturday 21st January 2012.