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Natascha McElhone in Fatal Attraction at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Thursday, 23rd Jan 2014  

Californication Actress Appearing in the New Stage Version of the Glenn Close Classic

In September it was announced that the 1987 movie Fatal Attraction is to be reborn in the West End in 2014 and it has now been revealed that Natascha McElhone, best known in recent years for appearing in US television series Californication, will take on Glenn Close’s famous role at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Working under the direction of Sir Trevor Nunn, she will portray the life-destroying character of Alex Forrest from March.

The original Fatal Attraction was directed by Adrian Lyne and in addition to Glenn Close it also featured performances from Michael Douglas and Anne Archer. It was a hit with both critics and audiences, leading to Academy Award nominations, and as such it is remembered as a top film of the decade even today.

The story follows Dan Gallagher (Douglas’ character in the original) whose family life and career falls into turmoil after he meets the beautiful Alex Forrest (McElhone in the West End). It begins as a weekend affair but it soon becomes much more as Forrest refuses to let him go. He had assumed he could put the affair behind him and return to his family, but instead he faces blackmail, stalking and obsession.

London theatre audiences will instantly recognise McElhone as she has appeared onscreen in an array of television shows and movies alongside stage productions in the West End. She is currently known for portraying Karen to David Duchovny’s Hank Moody in the US television series Californication, though she has also appeared in television shows like Bergerac and movies like Ronin, Solaris and The Truman Show, among others. Her stage roles have included Honour at the Wyndham’s Theatre in 2006 and productions at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park in the 1990s such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Fatal Attraction is not the only movie adaptation appearing in the West End this year as Robert Lindsay appears in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre (other ongoing shows in the capital also have their origins on the big screen), though this version is a play rather than a musical. It is adapted by the movie’s original screenwriter James Dearden.

Following One Man, Two Guvnors, Fatal Attraction runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from Tuesday 25th March 2014 (previews from Saturday 8th March 2014) to Saturday 21st June 2014.

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