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Suranne Jones and Jason Watkins to star in new W/E production of Frozen

Suranne Jones. Photo by Nick James.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SURANNE Jones (Doctor Foster, Scott & Bailey) and Jason Watkins (Line of Duty, Taboo, W1A) are to star in Frozen, Bryony Lavery’s award-winning play, which runs for a strictly limited twelve-week season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket – from February 21 (previews from February 9) to May 5, 2018.

Directed by Jonathan Munby, Frozen is a psychological thriller about a mother whose child goes missing.

One sunny evening a young girl walks to visit her Grandma, she never arrives. A play about retribution, remorse and redemption, Frozen explores the interwoven lives of three strangers as they try to make sense of the unimaginable.

Suranne Jones, who is about to reprise her BAFTA Award-winning title role in the second series of BBC One’s hugely successful drama Doctor Foster, recently completed filming for Save Me opposite Lennie James and Stephen Graham for Sky Atlantic. Her other recent television work includes five series of the popular ITV drama Scott & Bailey, playing ‘Rachel Bailey’ opposite Lesley Sharp, as well as The Brian Pern Show and The Crimson Field for the BBC. She has also appeared in Lawless, Touch of Cloth, Doctor Who, Unforgiven and Coronation Street.

Jones’ theatre credits include Top Girls (Chichester Festival Theatre/West End), A Few Good Men (Theatre Royal Haymarket) with Rob Lowe, for which she received the Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress, Blithe Spirit and Terms of Endearment. She also played the role of ‘Sandra’ in the 20th anniversary West End revival of Beautiful Thing at the Arts Theatre, as well as the title role in Orlando at the Royal Exchange in 2014.

Jason Watkins is best known for his performance in the title role in acclaimed drama The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, for which he won Best Actor at the 2015 BAFTA Television Awards. He is also known for playing ‘Gavin Strong’ in Sky 1 comedy series Trollied, as well as ‘Simon Harwood’ in the popular BBC comedy W1A. Airing this September, he will be playing ‘Roger’ in the BBC One sitcom Hold The Sunset.

Jason Watkins

Watkins has appeared in over 70 plays and was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2001 for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in A Servant To Two Masters for the RSC/Young Vic production in the West End. His recent theatre includes The Late Henry Moss by the late Sam Shepard at the Almeida Theatre and A Farewell to the Theatre at the Hampstead Theatre.

He has also appeared in the film Hampstead opposite Diane Keaton and played Gordon Shakespeare in the Nativity! film series. Future releases include The Children Act with Emma Thompson and The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, directed by Terry Gilliam.

Bryony Lavery’s plays include A Wedding Story, Last Easter, Her Aching Heart (Pink Paper Play of The Year 1992) Smoke, Dirt and More Light. Frozen commissioned by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, won the TMA Best Play Award, the Eileen Anderson Central Television Award and was then produced on Broadway where it was nominated for four Tony Awards. She is currently writing Balls for One Year Lease Theatre Company, New York, Forever Young for Manchester Royal Exchange, adapting Brighton Rock for Pilot Theatre, The Lovely Bones for Birmingham Rep, and developing Cruising for TV.

Jonathan Munby’s numerous UK theatre credits include King Lear starring Ian McKellen and Sinead Cusack, First Light (Chichester Festival Theatre); All The Angels: Handel and The First Messiah, The Merchant Of Venice starring Jonathan Pryce, Anthony and Cleopatra starring Eve Best and Clive Wood and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (WhatsOnStage nomination for Best Shakespearean Production) (Shakespeare’s Globe); Wendy and Peter Pan, The Canterbury Tales (Stratford, Tour and West End): Madness In Valencia (RSC); and Twelfth Night (UK Theatres Awards nomination for Best Touring Production), Company starring Daniel Evans, The Comedy Of Errors and Bird Calls (Sheffield Theatres).

Presented by Jonathan Church Productions, TRH Productions and Scott Delman, Frozen is designed by Paul Wills, with lighting by Jon Clark, video design by Luke Halls and sound by Christopher Shutt. Composer is Rupert Cross. Further casting will be announced in due course.

Images: Suranne Jones. Photo by Nick James (top); Jason Watkins (bottom).