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Iwan Rheon stars in Dawn King's dystopian thriller Foxfinder at the Ambassadors Theatre

Foxfinder

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DAWN King’s Foxfinder will receive its West End premiere at the Ambassadors Theatre, where it runs for a strictly limited season from September 6, 2018 to January 5, 2019.

Olivier Award-winner Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones’ Ramsay Bolton, Misfits) will star in the unsettling and darkly comic drama directed by Rachel O’Riordan, whose production of Killology at the Royal Court won the 2018 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre.

Further casting will be announced at a later date.

First performed at London’s Finborough Theatre in 2011, Foxfinder opened to rave reviews and won Dawn King the 2013 Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright award, a Pearson Award Bursary as Playwright-in-Residence at the Finborough, the Papatango Theatre Company new writing competition and the Off West End award for Most Promising Playwright.

England is in crisis. Fields are flooded, food is scarce and fear of the red beast grips the land.

William Bloor, a foxfinder, arrives at Judith and Samuel Covey’s farm to investigate a suspected fox infestation. The Covey’s harvest has failed to meet their target and the government wants to know why. Trained from childhood, William is fixated on his mission to unearth the animals that must be to blame for the Covey’s woes. But as the hunt progresses, William finds more questions than answers…

Iwan Rheon trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and made his professional stage debut in Eight Miles High at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre, before his breakthrough role as the haunted, suicidal Moritz in the musical Spring Awakening, for which he won the 2010 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.

In 2009, Rheon joined the cast of E4’s BAFTA award-winning superhero drama Misfits which to date has been broadcast in 100 territories. He returned to the stage in 2010 in the National Theatre Wales’ production of John Osborne’s The Devil Inside Him and in 2011, Aleksey Scherbak’s Remembrance Day at the Royal Court Theatre. He made his cinematic debut in Resistance, a 2011 Welsh film based on the novel by Owen Sheers starring Andrea Riseborough and Michael Sheen. Other film work includes Wild Bill, Wasteland, Daisy Winters and The Liberator.

Between 2013 and 2016, Rheon played the villainous Ramsay Bolton in HBO’s multi-award-winning Game of Thrones. Other television credits include ITV’s Vicious, opposite Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi and Frances de la Tour, BBC One’s Our Girl, Netflix sci-fi thriller Residue, and for Sky One Riviera with Adrian Lester and Julia Stiles, and Adolf The Artist alongside Rupert Grint. Most recently, he played the lead role in Marvel’s ABC drama series Inhumans and it has just been announced he will be playing Mötley Crüe’s guitarist, Mick Mars, in biopic The Dirt alongside Douglas Booth.

Rheon will also be seen in the forthcoming films Berlin, I Love You and as the lead in WWII thriller Hurricane.

Read our interview with Iwan Rheon

Dawn King is an award-winning writer working in theatre, film, TV and radio. Her 2013 play Ciphers, a co-production between Out Of Joint, the Bush Theatre and Exeter Northcott, toured the UK and has been produced internationally. Ciphers was longlisted for the James Tait Black drama prize 2014 and is currently being adapted into a screenplay for Cowboy Films. Her most recent stage play, a major new adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, was a co-production between the Royal and Derngate Theatre and the Touring Consortium, and toured the UK in 2015.

King’s short film The Karman Line, starring Olivia Colman and Shaun Dooley, played festivals around the world and won eighteen awards including Best Short Film at the British Independent Film Awards, and was nominated for a BAFTA. Currently, she is working on two plays; The Light and Salt, which is a commission from the National Theatre and will be performed by youth theatre groups around the country as part of Connections 2019.

Foxfinder is designed by Gary McCann, with lighting design by Paul Anderson. Simon Slater is composer and sound designer for the production.

Tickets: From £25 (previews up to £20 off). To book, call the box office on 020 7395 5405 or visit www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk/Online/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7:45pm; Wednesday and Saturday at 3pm.

The West End transfer of David Haig’s critically acclaimed, intense World War II thriller Pressure continues at the Ambassadors Theatre until September 1, 2018.

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