Pulitzer Prize-Winning Rabbit Hole Will Make West End Premiere with "Downton Abbey" Star
23 May 2014
David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole, which premiered on Broadway in 2006 under the auspices of Manhattan Theatre Club and won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is to receive its U.K. premiere at the West End's Vaudeville Theatre, beginning performances Sept. 11 prior to an official opening Sept. 24, for a run through Nov. 22.
Joanne Froggatt, best known for playing Anna in TV's "Downton Abbey," will star as Becca, the role originated on Broadway in a Tony-winning performance by Cynthia Nixon. The play will be directed by actor-turned-director Nigel Harman, who most recently appeared in the West End in I Can't Sing! and later this year will direct the national U.K. tour of Shrek the Musical.
In the play, "Becca and Howie Corbett are parents who have all that a family could wish for, until one day their world is suddenly turned upside down. Eight months following that life-shattering incident the young couple find themselves drifting perilously apart. The play charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day."
The production will be designed by Tim Hatley, with lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound by Ben and Max Ringham. It is produced by CMP Ltd., James Quaife Productions & Celia Atkin.
Froggatt's preivous theatre credits include The Knowledge/Little Platoons (Bush Theatre), All About My Mother (Old Vic), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Manchester Royal Exchange), Playhouse Creatures (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Be My Baby (Soho Theatre). Other television credits include "The Secrets," "True Love," "The Royle Family," "Identity," "Moving On" and "Coronation Street" (as series regular Zoe Tattersall.)
Lindsay-Abaire is currently represented in the West End by the transfer of Hampstead Theatre's production of Good People at the Noel Coward Theatre. Other plays include Fuddy Mears, Wonder of the World, Kimberly Akimbo, Doting and Dashing, Snow Angel, The L’il Plays and A Devil Inside; his musicals include Shrek The Musical (book and lyrics) and High Fidelity (book).
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.