Adapted by James Dearden from his own Academy Award-nominated original screenplay, it is based on his own short film "Diversion," which he wrote, produced and directed in 1979.
A story of obsession and revenge, it explores how a chance meeting in a bar and a casual encounter quickly becomes a living nightmare for Dan Gallagher, a successful New York lawyer, and his young family. After spending one weekend with the gorgeous Alex Forrest (McElhone), he assumes he can just walk away, but Alex is a woman who refuses to be ignored. She pursues Dan and his family with terrifying consequences.
McElhone is best known for her extensive screen credits. She can currently be seen as Karen in the Showtime series "Californication," now airing its final season. Other TV credits include "Revelations," "The Company" and "Sleepyhead." Film credits include "Surviving Picasso," "The Truman Show," "The Devil's Own," "Ronin," "Solaris," "The Secret of Moonacre Manor," "Mrs. Dalloway," "Laurel Canyon," "Ladies in Lavender," "The Kid," "Theatre of Dreams," "Love's Labour’s Lost" and "The Sea" opposite Rufus Sewell and Ciaran Hinds. She previously starred in the West End in Honour at Wyndham's. Other stage credits include Richard III and A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, The Count of Monte Criso at Manchester's Royal Exchange and The Cherry Orchard at Leicester Haymarket.
Designs are by Rob Jones with lighting by Paul Pyant and sound by Paul Groothuis. It is being produced by Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions, Robert Fox and Patrick Ryecart.
Full casting will be announced shortly. To book tickets, contact the box office on 0207 930 8800 or visit www.trh.co.uk.