‘Look, I’m giving you another chance to show the world how talented you are. Take it. It’s worth the risk’.
Hampstead Theatre today announces that Theo James will join Emilia Fox in the UK premiere of Laura Eason’s smart comedy Sex with Strangers, directed by Peter DuBois. Emilia Fox returns to Hampstead Theatre following the sell-out hit Rapture, Blister, Burn in 2014 and Theo James will make his professional stage debut in this multifaceted love story packed with hidden ambitions, soaring desires and secret agendas.
Olivia, an attractive and talented but underappreciated mid-career writer, is unexpectedly trapped overnight in a secluded, snowed-in B&B with Ethan, an equally attractive and wildly successful young blogger.
Her latest novel is an unsung masterpiece; his blog is being made into a movie. She prefers books; he prefers eBooks. She is anonymous; he has half a million Twitter followers. But opposites soon attract – passionately – as each realise they want more of what the other has. But the closer they get, the more they must confront the murky side of ambition, success and Wi-Fi…
Emilia Fox plays Olivia. Theatre credits includes Rapture Blister Burn (Hampstead Theatre), Coriolanus, Richard II (Almeida Theatre), Good (Donmar Warehouse), Katherine Howard (Chichester Festival Theatre) and The Cherry Orchard (RSC & Albery Theatre). She is best known for portraying Dr. Nikki Alexander in Silent Witness (Series 8 – 19), other television credits include The Tunnel, The Casual Vacancy, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Pride and Prejudice. Film credits include The Carer, The Devil’s Harvest, Suspension Of Disbelief, A Thousand Kisses Deep, Ways To Live Forever, Dorian Gray and The Pianist.
Theo James plays Ethan. Theo trained at Bristol Old Vic before launching his film career. He has starred in the Divergent series, based on the novels by Veronica Roth as well as other films to include War on Everyone, The Benefactor, The InBetweeners Movie and You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. TV credits include Golden Boy, Downton Abbey and Bedlam. Upcoming films due for release include The Secret Scripture and Backstabbing for Beginners.
SEX WITH STRANGERS
By Laura Eason
Directed by Peter DuBois
Designed by Jonathan Fensom
27 January – 4 March 2017
Mon–Sat 7.30pm; Wed Mats 2.30pm; Sat Mats 3pm