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Emilia Fox to star in Sex with Strangers at Hampstead Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

EMILIA Fox will star as Olivia in Hampstead Theatre’s January 2017 Main Stage production, the UK premiere of Laura Easton’s Sex with Strangers. Directed by Peter DuBois, it runs from February 2 (previews from January 27) to March 4.

Look, I’m giving you another chance to show the world how talented you are. Take it. It’s worth the risk.

Olivia, an attractive and talented but underappreciated mid-career writer, is unexpectedly trapped overnight in a secluded, snowed-in B&B with Ethan, an equally attractive and wildly successful young blogger.

Her latest novel is an unsung masterpiece; his blog is being made into a movie. She prefers books; he prefers eBooks. She is anonymous; he has half a million Twitter followers. But opposites soon attract – passionately – as each realise they want more of what the other has. But the closer they get, the more they must confront the murky side of ambition, success and Wi-Fi…

Emilia Fox returns to Hampstead Theatre following the sell-out hit Rapture, Blister, Burn in 2014. Her credits elsewhere include Coriolanus, Richard II (Almeida Theatre), Good (Donmar Warehouse), Katherine Howard (Chichester Festival Theatre) and The Cherry Orchard (RSC/Albery Theatre).

Although she is best known for portraying Dr. Nikki Alexander in Silent Witness (Series 8 – 19), her other television credits include The Tunnel, The Casual Vacancy, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Pride and Prejudice. She has also appeared in the films The Carer, The Devil’s Harvest, Suspension Of Disbelief, A Thousand Kisses Deep, Ways To Live Forever, Dorian Gray and The Pianist.

Laura Eason is a Brooklyn-based playwright, screenwriter and musical book writer. Selected productions of her twenty produced plays include Sex with Strangers (more than thirty productions in the U.S. and internationally), The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Around the World in 80 Days.

She wrote the book for the musicals Days Like Today and Summerland and as a screenwriter, she is a writer/producer on the Netflix drama, House of Cards.

Peter DuBois also returns to Hampstead Theatre after directing Emilia Fox in Rapture, Blister, Burn. His other London theatre credits are All New People (Duke of York’s Theatre) and Becky Shaw (Almeida Theatre). His New York credits include The Power of Duff, Modern Terrorism, Becky Shaw (2009 Pulitzer finalist), Trust, All New People, Measure for Pleasure, Richard III, Biro, Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles?, Jack Goes Boating and The View From 151st Street.

For more information and to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7722 9301 or visit www.hampsteadtheatre.com/.

Hampstead Theatre has also announced its third annual Festival, which will take place from February 10 to February 12, 2017. Events for the 2017 Festival include:

In Conversation With Mike Leigh – Sunday, February 12 at 7.45pm.

Author Kate Mosse talks to one of Britain’s greatest writers and directors for film, television and stage. Mike Leigh’s films include the Oscar-winning Vera Drake with Imelda Staunton, Another Year with Jim Broadbent and Lesley Manville and Mr Turner with Timothy Spall. Leigh’s iconic plays include Abigail’s Party, Ecstasy and Smelling a Rat – all of which received their premieres at Hampstead Theatre.

Richard Curtis’ Four Weddings And A Funeral Screenplay Reading – on Sunday, February 12 at 1pm.

Following last year’s sell-out reading of Emma Thompson’s screenplay Sense and Sensibility, featuring Alison Steadman and Imogen Stubbs, this year’s screenplay reading will be the timeless British classic, Four Weddings and A Funeral by Richard Curtis. Cast to be announced.

The full programme will be announced soon.

Tony Kushner’s latest play The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, starring Tamsin Greig, continues at Hampstead Theatre until November 26, 2016. It will be followed – from December 2 to January 14, 2017 – by Michael Frayn’s Wild Honey.