Today (16th April 2018), rehearsals begin for the West End production of Nina Raine’s Consent which will begin previews at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 18th May with its opening night on 29th May 2018. Directed by Roger Michell and originally co-produced and commissioned by Out of Joint, this strictly limited 12-week run is booking through to 11 August 2018 following the 2017 critically acclaimed sell-out run at the National Theatre. A series of accompanying pre-show talks and discussions exploring ideas of justice, consent, marriage and modern parenthood will be announced at a later date.
Clare Foster, Lee Ingleby and Thusitha Jayasundera join the previously announced cast comprising Claudie Blakley, Stephen Campbell Moore, Heather Craney and Adam James. Consent has set by Hildegard Bechtler, costumes by Dinah Collin, lighting by Rick Fisher, music by Kate Whitley, sound by John Leonard and Sarah Weltman with casting by Amy Ball CDG.
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. This ‘tense, entertaining modern-day tragi-comedy’ (Daily Telegraph) takes a searing look at the law whilst putting modern relationships into the dock.
Claudie Blakley’s (Kitty) theatre credits include Once in a Lifetime for the Young Vic, The Painkiller at the Garrick Theatre, Chimerica for the Almeida Theatre and the Harold Pinter Theatre, Rules for Living, The Cherry Orchard, Comedy of Errors, Attempts on Her Life and Rosencrantz & Guildernstern are Dead for the National Theatre, Macbeth and Lear for the Sheffield Crucible, Di and Viv and Rose and The Good Samaritan for the Hampstead Theatre, Love and Money for the Young Vic and Royal Exchange, All’s Well That Ends Well for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Kosher Harry for the Royal Court, The Lady from the Sea for the Almeida Theatre and Billy & the Crab for Soho Theatre. Her television credits include Grantchester, Silent Witness, The Driver, What Remains, The Night Watch, New Tricks, Nativity, Blue Geranium, Lark Rise to Candleford, Cranford Chronicles, Fallen Angel, Fear of Fanny, Vital Signs, Dirty Filthy Love and Inspector Lynley Mysteries. Her film credits include Bright Star, London to Brighton, Severance, Pride and Prejudice, Gosford Park and The Cat’s Meow.
Stephen Campbell Moore’s (Edward) theatre credits include Photograph 51 at the Noël Coward Theatre, Chimerica for the Almeida and the Harold Pinter Theatre, Berenice for the Donmar Warehouse, Clybourne Park in the Wyndham’s Theatre, All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre, The History Boys for the National Theatre and on Broadway, Much Ado About Nothing and Antony and Cleopatra both for the Royal Shakespeare Company, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Albery, Richard II and Coriolanus for the Almeida Theatre. His film 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. His television credits include The Child in Time, The Last Post, Stag, The Wrong Mans, The Go Between, Our Zoo, Hunted, Just Henry, Titanic, Sleepyhead, Pulse, Ben Hur, Lark Rise to Candleford, A Short Stay in Switzerland, Ashes to Ashes, Rough Crossings, Hustle, Wallis and Edward, He Knew He Was Right and Byron.
Heather Craney (Gayle and Laura) originated the roles of Gayle and Laura in Consent for the National Theatre. Her other theatre credits include The Vote and Passion Play both for the Donmar Warehouse, Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre, Handbagged, Pink and You Me & Wii all for the Tricycle Theatre, I Like Mine with a Kiss at the Bush Theatre, Joe Guy at Soho Theatre, Sugar Mummies and Stoning Mary both for the Royal Court. For film, her recent credits include Child 44, Dangerous Parking, Mark of Cain and Vera Drake which earned her a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. On television, her credits include Line of Duty, Life of Riley, Torchwood, In the Dark, Ahead of the Class, Holby City, Doctors, Silent Witness and Eastenders.
Clare Foster’s (Zara) theatre credits include Travesties at Menier Chocolate Factory and Apollo Theatre, Guys & Dolls, Master and Margarita and Out of This World all for Chichester Festival Theatre, Merrily We Roll Along at Menier Chocolate Factory and Harold Pinter Theatre, Separation, Duet for One, Love On The Dole and A Streetcar Named Desire all at Bolton Octagon Theatre, Crazy for You at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Novello Theatre, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Avenue Q at the Noel Coward Theatre, The Far Pavilions at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Sweet Charity at Sheffield Crucible and We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre. Her recent film and television credits include Holmes and Watson, Les Miserables, Black Forest, Dark Heart, Sherlock, Taboo, Galavant, Ripper Street and The Crown.
Lee Ingleby’s (Tim) theatre credits include Our Class and The Pillowman both at the National Theatre, Furnace Four and Shoreditch Madonna both at Soho Theatre, Cressida at the Almeida Theatre, Drink, Dance, Laugh and Lie at the Bush Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Albery, Dreaming at the Royal Exchange and About the Boy at The Royal Court. His extensive work in television includes The A Word, Line of Duty, Inspector George Gently, Nature Boy, White Heat, The Street, Luther, Our Zoo and The Five as well as the ITV series Innocent and Netflix mini-series adaptation of Watership Down. His work in film includes Master and Commander, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Ever After: A Cinderella Story.
Adam James (Jake) is an award-winning actor who has worked extensively on stage and screen. Most recently seen in Girl from the North Country at the Noël Coward Theatre, Adam originated the role of Jake in Consent for the National Theatre, where his previous credits have included 13, Gethsemane and Blood and Gifts. He is recognisable on screen for his roles in Dr Foster, King Charles III, The Crimson Field, Hustle and Extras amongst others. Other theatre credits include An Enemy of the People for Chichester Festival Theatre, Bull for the Young Vic, Now or Later and My Child both for the Royal Court and King Charles III at the Almeida Theatre. 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.
Thusitha Jayasundera (Rachel) was most recently seen in The Divide at The Old Vic and King’s Theatre Edinburgh, and has previously appeared in Nina Raine’s Tiger Country at Hampstead Theatre. Her other theatre credits include My Eyes Went Dark at Finborough and Traverse Theatre, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Crime and Punishment, War Horse and The Caucasian Chalk Circle for the National Theatre, The Vertical Hour for the Park Theatre and The Comedy of Errors, Cain, Peer Gynt and Pentecost for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her extensive work in television includes Midsomer Murders, Doctor Foster, Humans, The Foreigner, Broadchurch, The C Word and Lewis.
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. Nina was 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 all for the National Theatre, Farewell to the Theatre and Some Sunny Day both for Hampstead Theatre, Rope for the Almeida Theatre, Tribes and Birthday both for the Royal Court, Betrayal, Old Times and My Night with Reg for the Donmar Warehouse, the latter transferring to the Apollo Theatre in the West End. Michell’s film 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. On television, his credits include The Buddha of Suburbia, Downtown Lagos, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries, Birthday, Ready When You Are, Mr Patel and Michael Redgrave – My Father.
Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton St, London SW1Y 4DN
18 May – 11 August 2018
Press Night: 29 May 2018 at 7pm
Running time: Approximately 2 hours 20 minutes including a 20 minute interval