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The National Theatre's production of Consent transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre

Stephen Campbell Moore

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING its 2017 critically acclaimed sell-out run at the National’s Dorfman Theatre, Nina Raine’s Consent is transferring to the West End – to the Harold Pinter Theatre where it runs for a strictly limited 12-week season – from May 29 (previews from May 18) to August 11, 2018.

Tickets for this West End transfer – with over 14,000 priced at £25 or under – will go on public sale on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 10am.

Directed by Roger Michell and originally co-produced and commissioned by Out of Joint, the cast of Consent includes Claudie Blakley, Stephen Campbell Moore, Heather Craney and Adam James, with further casting to be announced.

Why is Justice blind? Is she impartial? Or is she blinkered? Friends take opposing briefs in a contentious legal case. The key witness is a woman whose life seems a world away from theirs. At home, their own lives begin to unravel as every version of the truth is challenged.

Consent takes a searing look at the law whilst putting modern relationships into the dock.

Claudie Blakley’s theatre credits include Once in a Lifetime (Young Vic), The Painkiller (Garrick Theatre), Chimerica (Almeida Theatre/West End), Rules for Living, The Cherry Orchard, Comedy of Errors, Attempts on Her Life and Rosencrantz & Guildernstern are Dead (National Theatre), Macbeth and Lear (Sheffield Crucible), Di and Viv and Rose and The Good Samaritan (Hampstead Theatre), Love and Money (Young Vic/Royal Exchange) and All’s Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Company).

Her screen credits include Grantchester, Silent Witness, The Driver, What Remains, New Tricks, Nativity, Blue Geranium, Lark Rise to Candleford, Cranford Chronicles, Fallen Angel, Fear of Fanny, Vital Signs, Dirty Filthy Love and Inspector Linley Mysteries (TV); Bright Star, London to Brighton, Severance, Pride and Prejudice, Gosford Park and The Cat’s Meow (film).

Stephen Campbell Moore’s theatre credits include Photograph 51 (Noël Coward Theatre), Chimerica (Almeida/West End), Berenice (Donmar Warehouse), Clybourne Park (Royal Court/West End), All My Sons (Apollo Theatre), The History Boys (National Theatre/Broadway), Much Ado About Nothing and Antony and Cleopatra (RSC), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Albery) and Richard II and Coriolanus (Almeida).

His screen credits include Goodbye Christopher Robin, How To Talk To Girls At Parties, The Lady in the Van, The Ones Below, Burnt, Moonwalkers, Man Up, Complicit, Johnny English Reborn, Season of the Witch, Sea Wolf, The Children, The Bank Job, Amazing Grace, The History Boys, A Good Woman and Bright Young Things (film); The Child in Time, The Last Post, Stag, Just Henry, Titanic, Sleepyhead, Pulse, Ben Hur, Lark Rise to Candleford, A Short Stay in Switzerland, Ashes to Ashes, Hustle, Wallis and Edward and Byron (TV).

Heather Craney by Rocco Redondo

Heather Craney originated the roles of Gayle and Laura in Consent for the National Theatre. Her other theatre credits include The Vote and Passion Play (Donmar Warehouse), Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre), I Like Mine with a Kiss (Bush Theatre), Joe Guy (Soho Theatre) and Sugar Mummies and Stoning Mary (Royal Court).

Her screen work includes Child 44, Dangerous Parking, Mark of Cain and Vera Drake which earned her a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress (film); Line of Duty, Life of Riley, Torchwood, In the Dark, Ahead of the Class, Holby City, Doctors, Silent Witness and EastEnders (TV).

Adam James is an award-winning actor who has worked extensively on stage and screen. Currently in Olivier nominated Girl from the North Country at the Noël Coward Theatre, he originated the role of Jake in Consent for the National Theatre, where his previous credits include 13, Gethsemane and Blood and Gifts. His other theatre credits include An Enemy of the People (Chichester Festival Theatre), Bull (Young Vic), Now or Later and My Child (Royal Court) and King Charles III (Almeida Theatre).

He is recognisable on screen for his roles in Dr Foster, King Charles III, The Crimson Field, Hustle and Extras amongst others. His film credits include The Kill Team, Johnny English III, Hunter Killer, A Little Chaos, Last Chance Harvey, Mother of Tears and Road To Guantanamo. His more recent television credits include Home From Home, Eric, Ernie and Me, Endeavour, Grantchester and Coalition.

Nina Raine’s other plays include Tiger Country, Rabbit and Tribes as well as an adaptation of The Drunks by the Durnenkov Brothers. She was shortlisted for the 2004 Verity Bargate Award and awarded the 2006 Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Most Promising Playwright for her debut play Rabbit. Tribes won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play and has been performed in eighteen different countries. Raine has been nominated for a Susan Blackburn Smith Award for Consent.

Roger Michell’s many productions include Waste, Landscape with Weapon, Honour, Blue/Orange, Under Milk Wood, The Homecoming and The Coup (National Theatre), Farewell to the Theatre and Some Sunny Day (Hampstead Theatre), Rope (Almeida Theatre), Tribes and Birthday (Royal Court), Betrayal, Old Times and My Night with Reg (Donmar Warehouse), the latter transferring to the Apollo Theatre in the West End.

Michell’s screen credits include My Cousin Rachel, Le Week-End, Hyde Park on Hudson, Morning Glory, Venus, Enduring Love, The Mother, Changing Lanes, Persuasion, My Night With Reg, Titanic Town and Notting Hill (film); The Buddha of Suburbia, Downtown Lagos, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries, Birthday, Ready When You Are, Mr Patel and Michael Redgrave – My Father (TV).

Consent has set design by Hildegard Bechtler, with costumes by Dinah Collin, lighting by Rick Fisher, music by Kate Whitley, sound by John Leonard and casting by Amy Ball CDG.

A new production of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party continues at the Harold Pinter Theatre until April 14, 2018.