Venus in Fur starring Natalie Dormer and David Oakes runs at Theatre Royal Haymarket

The hit play comes to London this autumn.

Venus in Fur

A new production of David Ives' acclaimed Broadway smash hit play Venus in Fur has been announced to run for a nine week season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 6 October to 9 December 2017, with an official opening on 17 October.

Natalie Dormer and David Oakes will star in this new production directed by Patrick Marber, designed by Rob Howell with lighting by Hugh Vanstone.

Described as "an intoxicating dark comedy of desire, fantasy and the innate love of fur" it originally had its premiere off-Broadway at the Classic Stage Company in 2010 before transferring to Broadway in 2011. Director Roman Polanski adapted the play into a film in 2012.

"Enigmatic actress Vanda Jordan appears unannounced for an audition with director Thomas Novachek. She's determined to land the leading role in his new production - despite seeming wrong for the part. Over one evening in downtown Manhattan their charged meeting becomes a seductive dance to the end."

Directed by Patrick Marber, designed by Rob Howell and with lighting by Hugh Vanstone, VENUS IN FUR is an intoxicating dark comedy of desire, fantasy and the innate love of fur.

David Oakes & Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer made her professional stage debut in Sweet Nothings at the Young Vic in 2010 before going on to star in .45 at The Hampstead Theatre later that year and After Miss Julie at The Young Vic in 2012. On TV she is widely known for playing Margaery Tyrell in 'Game of Thrones' as well as starring as Anne Boleyn in the long-running series 'The Tudors'. She made her film debut in 'Casanova' in 2005 and starred in Madonna's film 'W.E' as Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon as well as the film adaptation of 'The Riot Club' and 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay'.

David Oakes was last seen in the West End in The Trial of Macbeth as well as the stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2015. Other theatre credits include Pride and Prejudice at the Open Air Theatre, All The Little Things We Crushed at the Almeida and Love's Labour's Lost at Shakespeare's Globe. His work on TV includes the popular series 'Victoria' as well as 'The White Queen' and 'Ripper Street'.

In an interview with The Evening Standard Dormer embraced the challenge of the role: "There’s so much to stimulate — so much about power play and gender equality. Each character has layers upon layers, which is like catnip for actors."

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