Theatre Royal Haymarket
Booking from: Friday, 9 February 2018
Booking until: Saturday, 5 May 2018
Friday, 9 February 2018
Saturday, 5 May 2018
Theatre Royal Haymarket kicks off its 2018 season with Bryony Lavery’s Tony Award-winning production of Frozen. Unlike the family-friendly Disney film of the same name, this production examines the concept of forgiveness after committing grievous crimes, as well as forgiveness for the individual that committed those crimes and ruined your life. Following in the footsteps of previous productions, the Haymarket has secured two highly commended and powerful actors to step in to the leading roles – Suranne Jones and Jason Watkins.
Lavery’s Frozen tells of the story that continues on from the disappearance of ten-year old daughter Rhona. It follows both Rhona’s mother Nancy (Jones) and Rhona’s serial killer Ralph (Watkins) in the years after her kidnapping. When an American psychiatrist, Agnetha, comes over to Britain to speak with Ralph further, their three separate lives begin to intertwine.Each individual gradually starts to conceive of forgiveness in a new light, thawing out an idea that was previously Frozen in time.
This production, made famous on Broadway in 2004 after a Tony Award nomination for Best Play and an award for Best Featured Actor in a Play (Brian F. O’Byrne), is directed by Jonathan Munby. Known for his 2017 production of King Lear at Chichester Festival Theatre, starring Sir Ian McKellen, Munby comes to the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a strictly limited, twelve-week season of Frozen and continues his star-studded directing career with Jones and Watkins.
Neither Jones nor Watkins are strangers to both the stage and screen. Both are BAFTA TV Award winners – Watkins for his 2015 role in The Last Honour Of Christopher Jefferies and Jones for her recent turn in 2016’s Doctor Foster. Both have also been nominated for prolific theatre awards – Watkins (nominated for his comedic turn in A Servant To Two Masters) lost out to Ben Daniels in the 2001 Olivier Awards for Best Supporting Actor. Jones on the other hand is a WhatsOnStage Awards nominee for her role in Beautiful Thing and missed out to Helen Mirren’s masterful performance in The Audience.
Frozen first premiered in the UK in 1998 at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and went on to play at the National theatre in 2002, with Anita Dobson, Tom Georgeson and Josie Lawrence as Mandy, Ralph and Agnetha respectively. Now it’s back for its West End premiere, 20 years on from its first ever outing, at a theatre that continues its successes in placing well-known TV and Theatre stars in title roles – the show follows on after Venus In Fur starring Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer and Victoria’s David Oakes.
On for only twelve weeks, Frozen is guaranteed to sell out fast – book tickets first through our website for this unmissable start to 2018!
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Theatre Royal Haymarket
8 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT
- Air cooled
- Disabled toilets
- Infrared hearing loop
- Member of Q-Park scheme
- Wheelchair/scooter access
- Capacity: 880
- Year built: 1720