Greig, Stott and McTeer to Join Fiennes in London World Premiere of Reza's Carnage
24 Dec 2007
Olivier-winning actress Tamsin Greig, Ken Stott and Janet McTeer are reportedly scheduled to join Ralph Fiennes in the world premiere of Yasmina Reza's The God of Carnage.
Reza's play, described as a satire, will open at London's Gielgud Theatre on March 25, 2008, following previews that begin March 7.
Like Reza's Art, The God of Carnage will be directed by Matthew Warchus with a translation by Christopher Hampton. David Pugh and Daffyd Rogers produce.
According to Rogers, God of Carnage is a comedy about parenting skills. The plot centers on two middle-class couples each of whom have a nine-year-old son. Fiennes plays the lawyer father of a boy who attacks the other couple's son. All four parents get together to discuss what happened.
Stott was in the original cast of Reza's Art with Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay. His previous West End performance was with Richard Griffiths and John Hurt in Heroes, by another French writer, Gerald Sibleyras.
In The God of Carnage Stott will play the other father, and McTeer (the title role in Mary Stuart and The Duchess of Malfi) will play his wife. Greig, who won an Olivier Award for her Beatrice in the RSC's production of Much Ado About Nothing, will play Fiennes' wife.
Reza's other credits include Life X 3 and Conversations After a Burial.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.