Natascha McElhone will star as ‘Alex’ in the forthcoming stage adaptation of FATAL ATTRACTION, which originally featured Glenn Close in the 1987 film, in the role of Alexandra “Alex” Forrest, an unhinged woman who becomes obsessed with Dan Gallagher, played by Michael Douglas, after a weekend fling.
Natascha McElhone is probably best known for her roles in American films such as Ronin, The Truman Show, Solaris, and most recently for her role as Karen van der Beek on the Showtime series Californication.
Producer Robert Fox elaborated on original screenwriter James Dearden’s stage adaptation, saying to the Daily Mail “It’s completely its own piece for the theatre” and “is much more sympathetic to Alex, and Dearden has created a much more balanced version. You feel she’s not the complete loon that she is in the film. Dearden’s ending was re-written and re-shot for the film. That bum ending has gone now, and Alex is portrayed very fairly.”
The producer also confirmed that the famous scene involving a pet rabbit being simmered on a stove will be included in the play.
The story of obsession and revenge explores how an accidental meeting in a bar and a casual encounter promptly becomes a nightmare for Dan Gallagher, a successful New York lawyer, and his young family. After spending one weekend with the gorgeous Alex Forrest, he presumes he can just walk away, but Alex is a woman who refuses to be brushed aside. She pursues Dan and his family with alarming consequences.
Fatal Attraction is produced by Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions, Robert Fox and Patrick Ryecart.
This cult psychological thriller thrilled audiences in 1987 when Michael Douglas and Glenn Close starred. Nunn will seek to repeat this terrifying, electrically charged relationship on stage from 8th March (press night 25th March) for a limited season until 21st June 2014.
Theatre Royal Haymarket
Booking From: 8th Mar 2014
Booking Until: 21st Jun 2014
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees: Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm