Doyle & Protheroe Take Grimm Fantasies to King'sDate: 27 February 2003
Susannah Doyle (pictured) and Brian Protheroe will star in the world premiere of Grimm Fantasies, a new play by American John Michael Heuer which runs for a six-week season at London's King's Head Theatre from 30 March to 4 May 2003 (previews from 25 March).
In Grimm Fantasies, Frederick Benjamin Jenson (played by Protheroe) is a powerful American businessman with an eye to a future in politics until he meets a mysterious, sexy woman (Doyle) who instantly changes all the rules and his life. Does she have the psychic powers to see into the dark secrets of Jenson's past - or does she somehow embody that past? As she lures him into her apartment, the lines between reality and fantasy become increasingly blurred...
Doyle is best known for her television roles as Avril in Ballykissangel and as the acerbic Joy in five series of Drop the Dead Donkey. Her other screen credits include About a Boy and Cold Feet. On stage, Doyle has been seen in Death of Cool (Hampstead), Love You Too (Bush) and Hurlyburly, directed by Peter Hall in the West End.
Amongst Protheroe's many theatre credits are Some Explicit Polaroids, Three Sisters and Break of Day with Out of Joint, Lysistrata, Penny for a Song, Relatively Speaking, Sitting Pretty and, last year's RSC production of Pericles at Stratford and London's Roundhouse.
Previously writer in residence at the Circle Rep Theatre New York, John Michael Heuer's play Rameau La Besque presented there received the New York Drama League Award for Outstanding New Work. His other plays include Innocent Thoughts and Harmless Intentions.
Grimm Fantasies is directed by Timothy Childs and designed by Philip Witcomb, with lighting by Dave Herman and sound by Chris Shutt. It is produced by Playmaker Theatre Productions Ltd. Currently at the King's Head Theatre, No. 2, the one-woman play starring New Zealander Toa Fraser, finishes its season on 16 March 2003.
- by Terri Paddock