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David Ives’ Venus In Fur Set for the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Wednesday, 24th May 2017  

Venus in Fur - Theatre Royal Haymarket

The Theatre Royal Haymarket has another busy year ahead of it, with a range of plays set to land on its prestigious stage before 2017 is out. Currently it is the home of The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Queen Anne set to follow it from June (and Sand in the Sandwiches joining it later in May) but now we have word on the production set to grace its stage from October.

This takes the form of David Ives’ Venus in Fur, which is set to run at the venue under the direction of Patrick Marber and with both David Oakes and Natalie Dormer in the sole two roles.

The story is a play-within-a-play, with one of the main characters taking the form of writer/director Thomas Novachek (Oakes). We meet him in New York as he has just suffered through some disappointing auditions for the lead role in his latest show and all hope has left the room before Vanda Jordan (Dormer) enters the scene. She isn’t booked to audition and she isn’t suitable for the role, so Thomas’s woes deepen until he relents and lets her try out, with the duo reading the lines and something profound happening onstage. They disappear into their roles and what transpires has had a big effect on audiences worldwide.

The show has been doing the rounds since 2010 when it was first seen in the United States and it has since been staged at other locations around the globe. Now it comes to London and audiences will have the chance to see the work of David Ives, a writer on the receiving end of numerous awards and great acclaim for decades. Prior to Venus In Fur his most famous play is arguably In The Timing, which made a big impression in the 1990s.

Now Venus In Fur joins a host of other anticipated shows at the Theatre Royal Haymarket as the Patrick Marber-directed production opens at the West End venue from Tuesday 17th October 2017 (previews from Friday 6th October 2017). It continues to early December 2017.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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