Zoë Wanamaker to star in regional and West End productions of Passion Play

Posted: 1st November 2012
Peter Nichols' award-winning illicit romp to play Richmond, Brighton and London in 2013, tickets on sale now

Ah, what wicked, under-handed and complicated webs we weave - well, if you're the philandering couple in Peter Nichol's romantic drama, you most certainly have been getting busy with the silk of deceit.

Due to perform at two regional theatres before heading to the capital for a three month stint, Passion Play centres on a married couple whose lives are turned upside-down when he (James) sneaks off to 'comfort' recently-widowed friend Kate, leaving Eleanor to face the fibs - and the truth. Originally premiered in 1981, Nichols' comedic drama isn't to be confused with the 2010 film of the same name. This particular Passion Play has previously played in the West End (in 2000) and garnered an Evening Standard Award to boot, as well as attracting two key personnel to reunite for this new production.

Zoë Wanamaker and David Leveaux worked together on the UK and Broadway production of Electra. Wanamaker, who will star in the play and Leveaux, who will direct it, are no strangers to awards themselves. As well as winning acclaim and gongs for Electra, the pair have picked up numerous nominations for their work, including Olivier Awards and Tonys. Wanamaker is perhaps most familiar to TV audiences playing Susan in the everlasting sitcom, "My Family".

Prior to hitting the West End, Passion Play will perform (with Wanamaker) at Richmond Theatre from 12th - 20th April 2013, followed by a shorter run at Brighton's Theatre Royal from 23rd to 27th April. After which, the show will transfer to the Duke of York's Theatre in London for a three-month stint running from 1st May to 3rd August. We have tickets for all three shows with prices starting from £15 upwards, depending on seat.

Paul Pledger