It will begin performances May 18, prior to an official opening May 21, for a run through June 12. It is directed by Julian Birkett, and produced by Mark Shenton. Casting is still to be announced.
The play revolves around a successful psychoanalyst Max Goldman, who is enjoying a few moments of quiet reflection in his consulting room. He's at the top of his game and has much to feel pleased about - until, that is, his new patient, Celia, turns his life upside down. According to press materials, "The play puts analysis on the couch, catapulting its two protagonists into a world of suppressed desires and unsuppressed hysteria."
Birkett is a BBC TV producer and director, whose credits for television include "The Man Who Built Britain," with Hugh Bonneville as Christopher Wren, and "The Art of the Garden," with Miriam Margolyes as Gertrude Jekyll.
Shenton is Playbill.com's London correspondent as well as theatre critic of the Sunday Express and chairman of the Critics' Circle's drama section. He is making his debut as a producer for The Cock Tavern Theatre with this production.
The Cock Tavern was formed in January 2009 under the artistic leadership of Adam Spreadbury-Maher, and won the Dan Crawford Pub Theatre Award in the 2009 Peter Brook Empty Space Awards. It is currently home to resident company OperaUpClose’s sell-out run of La Boheme, running through May 15. Shrunk is supported by the Peter Wolff Theatre Trust.
To book tickets, contact the box office at 08444 771 000; visit www.cocktaverntheatre.com for more details.