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Images released of Natalie Dormer and David Oakes rehearsing Venus in Fur

Natalie Dormer

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IMAGES have been released of Natalie Dormer and David Oakes rehearsing for the West End premiere of David Ives’ hit Broadway play Venus in Fur. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: This Autumn, TRH Productions is presenting Natalie Dormer and David Oakes in the West End premiere of David Ives’ hit Broadway play Venus in Fur. An intoxicating dark comedy of desire, fantasy and the innate love of fur, it runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a strictly limited nine week season – from October 6 to December 9, 2017.

Enigmatic actress Vanda Jordan appears unannounced for an audition with director Thomas Novachek. She’s determined to land the leading role in his new production – despite seeming wrong for the part. Over one evening in downtown Manhattan their charged meeting becomes a seductive dance to the end.

Venus in Fur is directed by Patrick Marber.

Natalie Dormer is known globally for film and television roles including Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones, Anne Boleyn in The Tudors and Cressida in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2, as well as Focus Features’ The Forest, Ron Howard’s Rush and Ridley Scott’s The Counselor; plus the forthcoming The Professor and the Mad Man (opposite Sean Penn and Mel Gibson) and the independent thriller In Darkness, which she also co-wrote. She is currently in production on FremantleMedia’s Picnic at Hanging Rock in Australia.

Venus in Fur sees Dormer reunite with Patrick Marber, who wrote After Miss Julie (Young Vic) for which she received widespread critical acclaim in the title role. Her other stage credits include Sweet Nothings (also at the Young Vic) and .45 (Hampstead Theatre).

David Oakes is best known for his roles as Juan Borgia in the Emmy Award-winning series The Borgias, William Hamleigh in Emmy Award-winning mini-series The Pillars of the Earth, George, Duke of Clarence in The White Queen and, most recently, as Prince Ernest in Victoria, for which he is currently filming the second series.

David Oakes

His stage credits include Kit Marlowe in Shakespeare In Love (Nöel Coward Theatre) and Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Oakes will also appear in the film adaptation of Albert Sánchez Piñol’s thriller Cold Skin set for release later this year.

Patrick Marber is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, actor and director. His productions of his own work includes Dealer’s Choice (National Theatre/Vaudeville Theatre), After Miss Julie (BBC TV), Closer (National Theatre/Lyric Theatre/Music Box Theater, NY), Howard Katz and Three Days in the Country (National Theatre) and Don Juan in Soho (Wyndham’s Theatre).

His other directing credits include Travesties (Menier Chocolate Factory/Apollo Theatre), The Caretaker (Comedy Theatre), Blue Remembered Hills (National Theatre), ‘1953’ (Almeida Theatre) and The Old Neighborhood (Royal Court Theatre). His other plays include The Red Lion, The Musicians, The School Film (all for the National Theatre) and Hoop Lane (BBC Radio 3). His film credits include Closer (directed by Mike Nichols), Notes on a Scandal (directed by Richard Eyre), Old Street and Love You More.

More recently, Ivo van Hove directed Marber’s version of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler for the National Theatre starring Ruth Wilson.

David Ives was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play for Venus In Fur, which has been produced all over the world, and was turned into a film by Roman Polanski. He is also well known for his evenings of one-act comedies All In The Timing and Time Flies. His other plays include New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza; The Liar (adapted from Corneille); The School For Lies (adapted from Molière); The Metromaniacs (adapted from Alexis Piron); Is He Dead? (adapted from Mark Twain); Ancient History and Polish Joke.

Venus In Fur is designed by Rob Howell, with lighting by Hugh Vanstone and casting by Executive Producer Ilene Starger.

Tickets: From £15 – to book, call the box office on 020 7930 8800 or visit www.trh.co.uk/whatson/venus-in-fur/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Thursday and Saturday at 3pm.

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, starring Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo, continues at the Theatre Royal Haymarket until June 24 – except May 30 to June 3 when Edward Fox stars in Sand in the Sandwiches. Also at the Haymarket: the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Queen Anne, starring Romola Garai and Emma Cunniffe (June 30 to September 30, 2017).