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Fatal Attraction - Natascha McElhone stars as Alex Forrest

Natascha McElhone

Casting news

NATASCHA McElhone will play Alex Forrest in the world stage premiere of James Dearden’s Fatal Attraction, which opens at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on March 25, 2014, following preview performances from March 8.

This story of obsession and revenge explores how a chance meeting in a bar and a casual encounter quickly becomes a living nightmare for Dan Gallagher, a successful New York lawyer, and his young family.

After spending one weekend with the gorgeous Alex Forrest, he assumes he can just walk away, but Alex is a woman who refuses to be ignored. She pursues Dan and his family with terrifying consequences.

Natascha McElhone’s stage credits include Richard III and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park), The Count of Monte Cristo (Manchester Royal Exchange), Mishe Mokiev’s production of The Cherry Orchard (Leicester Haymarket Theatre) and more recently, Honour (Wyndhams’ Theatre).

Her extensive film credits include Surviving Picasso, The Truman Show, The Devil’s Own, Ronin, Solaris, The Secret of Moonacre Manor, Mrs Dalloway, Laurel Canyon, Ladies in Lavender, The Kid, Theatre of Dreams and Love’s Labour’s Lost. More recently, she starred in The Sea opposite Rufus Sewell and Ciaran Hinds.

Her numerous television credits include NBC’s mini-series Revelations, The Company and Sleepyhead for Sky TV. She also stars as Karen in the popular Showtime TV series Californication, now airing its final season.

James Dearden wrote his Academy Award nominated original screenplay for Fatal Attraction in 1986, based on his short film Diversion, which he wrote, produced and directed in 1979. In 1987, he wrote and directed Pascali’s Island, starring Ben Kingsley, Charles Dance and Helen Mirren, which was selected as the official British entry for the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.

Dearden has worked extensively as a screenwriter in Hollywood for a number of years, during which time he also wrote and directed the feature films A Kiss Before Dying and Rogue Trader. He recently co-wrote the screenplay of Albert Cohen’s Belle de Seigneur. This theatrical version of Fatal Attraction marks his first venture into live theatre.

Fatal Attraction is directed by Trevor Nunn, who returns to the Theatre Royal Haymarket where as Artistic Director, he directed Flare Path, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Tempest and The Lion In Winter. Nunn was the longest-serving Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company (1968 to 1986); and from 1997 to 2003, he was Director of the National Theatre.

He has directed the world premieres of Arcadia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The Coast of Utopia, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Cats, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard and The Woman in White.

More recently, Nunn’s theatre credits include A Little Night Music (Menier Chocolate Factory, West End, Broadway), Cyrano de Bergerac (Chichester Festival Theatre), Inherit the Wind and Kiss Me Kate (The Old Vic), Birdsong and A Chorus of Disapproval (Comedy Theatre), Relative Values (Theatre Royal Bath), All That Fall (London and off Broadway) and Scenes from a Marriage (St James Theatre).

Produced by Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions, Robert Fox and Patrick Ryecart, Fatal Attraction is designed by Rob Jones, with lighting by Paul Pyant and sound by Paul Groothuis. Full casting will be announced shortly.

Fatal Attraction is booking to June 21, 2014.

Read more about Fatal Attraction.

Tickets: £10 – £63, plus concessions. A limited number of Day Seats at £15 each will go on sale from the Box Office, in person only, from 10am on the day of performance. All ticket prices include a £1.50 restoration levy. A per ticket booking fee of £2 applies to all phone (0207 930 8800) and internet ( bookings via the theatre. No booking fee in person at the theatre.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.