Trevor Nunn Directs Fatal Attraction at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
The Film’s Screenwriter James Dearden Penning the Script of the Upcoming West End show
The popular 1987 movie Fatal Attraction is set to find a new legion of fans in 2014 as a new stage production penned by one of the movie’s original writers is set to appear at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. The show not only boasts an impressive piece of source material, it also boasts a director in Sir Trevor Nunn, who previously brought the likes of Flare Path to the venue in recent years.
The story is one of emotional blackmail and obsession as we meet the character of Dan Gallagher (played by Michael Douglas in the movie), a man with a good job and a family, who meets the beautiful Alex Forrest (originally played by Glenn Close). What begins as a weekend affair soon threatens his entire world as Forrest will not let him go. He presumed he could put it behind him and return to his family but soon discovers what it is like to be stalked, blackmailed and more.
The original film received numerous Academy Award nominations and is remembered to this day for its portrayal of personality disorders.
And it is likely to be handled with care as Sir Trevor Nunn directs. He has been behind some of the most successful shows to appear in the West End in recent years, winning a Laurence Olivier Award for his work on the likes of The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby at the Aldwych Theatre and Summerfolk at the National Theatre. He has also earned Tony Awards and was once the Artistic Director of the National Theatre. His 2011/12 tenure at the Theatre Royal Haymarket included productions of Flare Path and The Lion In Winter, among others.
Meanwhile, writer James Deardon has worked as both a screenwriter and director whose work, as well as Fatal Attraction, has included The Cold Room and Rogue Trader, among others.
The Theatre Royal Haymarket is currently the home of One Man, Two Guvnors, though that show announced its end date of March 2014 not long ago. Fatal Attraction will replace it from Tuesday 25th March 2014 (previews from Saturday 8th March 2014).