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Zoe Wanamaker in Passion Play at the Duke of York's Theatre

Tuesday, 30th Oct 2012  

The Actress to Star in Peter Nichols’ Play in the West End Under the Direction of David Leveaux from May 2013

It has been revealed that Zoë Wanamaker is set to make her return to the West End in 2013 in her follow-up performance to 2011’s “The Cherry Orchard”, which appeared at the National Theatre. She will appear in Peter Nichols’ show “Passion Play” at the Duke of York’s Theatre from May and this will see her work under the direction of David Leveaux.

“Passion Play” is a 1981 play from Nichols that focuses on a couple in the form of James and Eleanor, who has been together for some time and have no plans of changing the status quo any time soon. But sometimes matters take an unexpected turn as James plans to secretly meet with Kate, their recently widowed friend.

It is a play with plenty of humour and sexual content that has been seen on international stages ever since it premiered at the Aldwych Theatre in 1981. Audiences have also had the opportunity to pick up theatre tickets and see the show in New York, where it premiered as “Passion” in 1983.

It is one of many plays by Peter Nichols, who also penned “Privates On Parade” for premiere in the late 1970 (which is set to appear at the Donmar Warehouse in December), as well as recent additions to his catalogue like “Lingua Franca” in 2010, “Nicholodeon” in 2000 and “Blue Murder” in 1995.

Zoë Wanamaker, meanwhile, has also got many well known shows to her name in addition to the mentioned “The Cherry Orchard”. Prior to that she appeared alongside David Suchet in Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” at the West End’s Apollo Theatre, and “His Girl Friday” at the National Theatre before that. She is best known, however, for her screen work that has included “My Family” for the BBC and the “Harry Potter” series of movies. She is a well known actress around the country.

With “Jumpy” continuing its run at the Duke of York’s Theatre currently, “Passion Play” is one of many to follow it from May, with “Constellations” and “The Judas Kiss” in the mean time. So audiences can see Zoë Wanamaker at the venue from Tuesday 7th May 2013 (with previews from Wednesday 1st May 2013).

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