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Passion Play - Zoë Wanamaker stars

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NEXT spring, Olivier Award-winner Zoë Wanamaker returns to the West End to star in Passion Play, Peter Nichols’ celebrated black comedy about love and infidelity.

Directed by David Leveaux, it runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre from May 7 (previews from May 1) to August 3, 2013.

Comfortably married for 25 years, James and Eleanor’s world is upended when James agrees to a secret rendezvous with their recently widowed friend, Kate. As the lies mount up, the affair strips the marriage bare and reveals the illicit desires and hidden passions that lie beneath the everyday facade.

Described as a glorious meeting of humour, eroticism and duplicity, this modern classic was winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Play.

Zoë Wanamaker’s theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing, All My Sons (with David Suchet) and The National Theatre’s The Cherry Orchard. She has won two Olivier Awards for Best Actress – for her performances in Electra at the Donmar Warehouse and Once in a Lifetime at the National Theatre. She has also been nominated for four Tony Awards – for Piaf!, Loot, Electra and, most recently, the Lincoln Centre production of Awake And Sing!

Her extensive screen work includes the Harry Potter films and the award-winning BBC series My Family.

For Passion Play, David Leveaux reunites with Zoë Wanamaker, whom he directed in her Olivier Award-winning performance in Electra (Donmar Warehouse and Broadway).

He has been nominated for five Tony Awards as a director of both plays and musicals. His recent play credits include Arcadia (Duke of York’s Theatre and Broadway); Through a Glass Darkly starring Carey Mulligan (Atlantic Theatre, NY); Jumpers (National Theatre and Broadway); and Cyrano de Bergerac starring Kevin Kline (Broadway).

His other recent play credits include Simon Gray’s The Late Middle Classes (Donmar Warehouse) starring Helen McCrory and Robert Glenister, plus Harold Pinter’s Betrayal starring Juliette Binoche (Broadway).

Writer Peter Nichols’ other plays include A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg, The National Health and Privates On Parade. His plays have won four Evening Standard Awards, a Society of West End Theatres Award for Best Comedy and two Ivor Novello Best Musical Awards. Privates on Parade will be revived by The Michael Grandage Company at the Noël Coward Theatre in December 2012. Read more.

Passion Play marks the inaugural production in Tali Pelman Productions and the Ambassador Theatre Group’s producing partnership. Tali’s previous productions as in-house Producer at ATG include Olivier Award-winning new play The Mountaintop by Katori Hall (West End and Broadway); The Misanthrope starring Damian Lewis and Keira Knightley (West End); Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig (West End) and Pinter’s The Lover/The Collection (West End).

Passion Play is produced by Tali Pelman Productions for the Ambassador Theatre Group and Old Vic Productions.

Further casting has yet to be announced.

For more information or to book, call the box office on 0844 871 7623 or visit

Prior to the West End, Passion Play will visit Richmond Theatre (April 12 to April 20) and Brighton Theatre Royal (April 23 to April 27).