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Billie Piper to make National Theatre debut with The Effect

Billie Piper

Story by Jack Foley

BILLIE Piper is to make her debut at the National Theatre in a new play called The Effect.

Written by Enron playwright Lucy Prebble, the play will explore questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine and will be directed by Rupert Goold.

It co-stars Jonjo O’Neill (King Lear, Faustus, Headlong), Tom Goodman-Hill (Earthquakes in London, National Theatre and Headlong, ENRON, Headlong/CFT/Royal Court) and Anastasia Hille (Women of Troy, Waves, A Dream Play, The Oresteia, National Theatre) and opens at the Cottesloe on November 13, 2012 (previews from November 6) before continuing in repertoire.

Piper is perhaps best known for her role as Rose Tyler in popular BBC One television series Doctor Who, which saw her performing alongside two successive Doctors – Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant.

She won several awards for her portrayal of Rose, including most popular actress category at the National Television Awards in 2005.

Since then, she has also won acclaim for ITV’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl, in which she played the high-class London escort Belle de Jour.

Her stage work, meanwhile, has included a revival of Christopher Hampton’s Treats in the West End as well as the role of Carly in Neil LaBute’s Reasons To Be Pretty at London’s Almeida Theatre – a play which received rave reviews.

The Effect is also notable for reuniting Enron author Prebble with Goold, who directed the award-winning play based on the 2001 scandal that led to the eventual bankruptcy of the major American energy company.

The new play will be a collaboration between Goold’s Headlong theatre company and the National Theatre.