Rehearsal images of Natalie Dormer and David Oakes preparing for the West End run of Venus in Fur have been released. Dormer plays actress Vanda Jordan who appears unannouncedly in Manhattan for an audition with director Thomas Novachek. She's determined to land a role in his latest production, despite being seemingly wrong for the role. Written by David Ives, the production ran on Broadway in 2011, and won leading actress Nina Arianda the 2012 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play.
Given the week the entertainment industry has had, a play about sex, abuse and power was always going to feel relevant. But while David Ives’ Venus in Fur is an entertaining play with a stellar performance at its core, it never really manages to fully get its message across.