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Rabbit Hole - Joanne Froggatt stars

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DOWNTON Abbey‘s Joanne Froggatt will star in the UK premiere of David Lindsay Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, Tony Award-nominated drama Rabbit Hole. Directed by her Downton co-star Nigel Harman, it runs at the Vaudeville Theatre from September 24 (previews from September 11) to November 22, 2014.

In this celebrated play, Becca (Joanne Froggatt) and Howie Corbett are parents who have all that a family could wish for until one day their world is suddenly turned upside down. Eight months following that life-shattering incident, the young couple find themselves drifting perilously apart.

Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day.

Joanne Froggatt has previously appeared on stage in The Knowledge and Little Platoons (Bush Theatre), All About My Mother (Old Vic), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Manchester Royal Exchange), Playhouse Creatures (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Be My Baby (Soho Theatre).

Later this year, Nigel Harman is also directing the UK tour of Shrek the Musical. No stranger to the piece, he originated the role of Lord Farquaad in the West End production, winning a WhatsOnStage Award for his performance.

Although Harman will always be remembered for his portrayal of EastEnders‘ Dennis Rickman, he has also appeared on stage in Privates on Parade, The Exonerated (as Kerry Max Cooke), Guys and Dolls (West End), The Caretaker (Tricycle Theatre), The Common Pursuit (Menier Chocolate Factory), Three Days of Rain (Apollo Theatre), A Chorus of Disapproval (Harold Pinter Theatre) and most recently, the ill-fated I Can’t Sing! (London Palladium).

Frogatt and Harman were part of Downton Abbey‘s most controversial storyline – the rape of Frogatt’s Anna by Harman’s manipulative valet Mr Green.

Lindsay-Abaire’s other plays include Good People, which is currently playing at the Noel Coward Theatre until June 14, 2014. He also adapted Rabbit Hole for film, starring Nicole Kidman.

Rabbit Hole will be designed by Tim Hatley, with lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound by Ben and Max Ringham. Further casting has yet to be confirmed.

The Tricycle Theatre’s acclaimed production of Moira Buffini’s Handbagged continues at the Vaudeville Theatre until August 2, 2014.