Piper’s Treats Debut Postpones Press Night, 8 MarDate: 23 February 2007
Laurence Boswell’s revival of Christopher Hampton’s Treats - in which Doctor Who’s Billie Piper makes her theatrical debut – has postponed its West End opening at the Garrick Theatre. In previews since 20 February 2007, it was due to open next Wednesday (28 February) but has rescheduled for 8 March.
Producer Bill Kenwright decided on the date change due to a clash with the West End opening at the Novello Theatre of the Royal Shakespeare Company transfer of The Tempest, starring Patrick Stewart and directed by Rupert Goold, who also directed Kenwright’s just-opened production of The Glass Menagerie with Jessica Lange.
Prior to the West End, Treats first opened in mid-January at the Theatre Royal Windsor, then visiting Windsor, Malvern, Bath and Richmond before transferring to the Garrick. Piper is joined in the three-hander by Kris Marshall and Laurence Fox.
Billie Piper (pictured) first shot to pop fame at the age of 15. She had two number 1 singles and several other hits before quitting music to focus on an acting career. For her Doctor Who role as Rose Tyler, opposite first Christopher Eccleston and then David Tennant, she won a National Television Award for Most Popular Actress. Her other TV credits have included The Canterbury Tales, Much Ado About Nothing, Things to Do Before Your 30 and an upcoming adaptation of Mansfield Park.
Kris Marshall’s screen credits include My Family on TV and Love Actually on film. He’s recently been seen on stage in The Revenger’s Tragedy (Southwark Playhouse) and The Hypochondriac (Almeida). Fox’s credits include Lewis, Gosford Park, Escape from Colditz and The Hole on screen and Les Liaisons Dangereuses on stage.
Treats premiered at the Royal Court in 1976. Christopher Hampton’s other plays include Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Savages, Tales from Hollywood, The Philanthropist, The Talking Cure and Embers as well as myriad translations such as Art, Life x 3, Three Sisters, The Wild Duck, Don Juan, Ghosts, Tartuffe and Tales from the Vienna Woods.
- by Terri Paddock