Illicit desires revealed in acclaimed play

Oliver Cotton (Jim), Samantha Bond (Nell), Zo� Wannamaker (Eleanor), Annabel Scholey (Kate) and Owen Teale (James) credit Johan Persson
Oliver Cotton (Jim), Samantha Bond (Nell), Zo� Wannamaker (Eleanor), Annabel Scholey (Kate) and Owen Teale (James) credit Johan Persson

Multi Olivier Award-winner Zoë Wanamaker is at the Theatre Royal, Brighton, in Passion Play, Peter Nichols’ celebrated black comedy about love and infidelity.

The play runs until Saturday, April 27, before transferring to London’s West End in May.

Comfortably married for 25 years, James and Eleanor’s world is upended when James agrees to a secret rendezvous with their recently widowed friend, Kate.

As the lies mount up, the affair strips the marriage bare and reveals the illicit desires and hidden passions that lie beneath the everyday facade.

A glorious meeting of humour, eroticism and duplicity, this modern classic and winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Play makes a much-anticipated return to the West End.

Passion Play reunites David Leveaux with Zoë Wanamaker, whom he directed in her Olivier Award-winning performance in Electra (Donmar Warehouse and Broadway).

He has been nominated for five Tony Awards as a director of both plays and musicals.

Zoë Wanamaker has appeared extensively in film and on television including the Harry Potter films and the award-winning BBC series My Family.

Her work on stage includes Much Ado About Nothing, All My Sons with David Suchet and The National Theatre’s The Cherry Orchard.

Passion Play marks the inaugural production in Tali Pelman Productions and the Ambassador Theatre Group’s producing partnership. Tali’s previous productions as in-house Producer at ATG include Olivier Award-winning new play The Mountaintop by Katori Hall (West End and Broadway); The Misanthrope starring Damian Lewis and Keira Knightley (West End); Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig (West End) and Pinter’s The Lover/The Collection (West End).

“Passion Play is a brilliantly funny and sexy play about how well we really know the people we love. It could be in no better hands than David’s, and we are thrilled to reunite him with Zoë for the first time since he directed her landmark performance in Electra”, said Producer Tali Pelman.

Passion Play is produced by Tali Pelman Productions for the Ambassador Theatre Group and Old Vic Productions.

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