Doctor Who star and former pop chart-topper Billie Piper made her – slightly postponed – West End debut last night (8 March 2007, after a press night change from 28 February and previews from 20 February) in Christopher Hampton’s Treats at the Garrick Theatre.
In the three-hander, chosen by Piper herself for her inaugural stage vehicle, Ann (Piper) ditches her egotistical ex-boyfriend Dave (Marshall) and tries to rebuild her shattered confidence by forming a rebound relationship with Patrick (Piper’s real-life boyfriend Fox), the office bore. But then Dave returns on a macho mission to try and win her back.
Premiered at the Royal Court in 1976, Treats has been updated to modern London for this revival. Hampton’s other plays include Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Savages, Tales from Hollywood, The Philanthropist and The Talking Cure as well as myriad translations and adaptations such as Art, Life x 3, Three Sisters, The Wild Duck, Don Juan, Ghosts, Tartuffe, Tales from the Vienna Woods, Embers and, currently at the Royal Court with Kristin Scott Thomas, Chekhov’s The Seagull.
Treats is directed by Laurence Boswell, designed by Jeremy Herbert and produced by Bill Kenwright. Prior to its West End transfer, the production opened in January in Windsor and toured to Windsor, Malvern, Bath and Richmond.
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For 1st Night Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer Dan Wooller was on hand for the Treats curtain call at the Garrick Theatre and the post-show party at the 50 Club, St James. Other first night guests cheering on Piper, Marshall and Fox included Peter Bowles, Camille Corduri (who played Billie Piper’s mother in Doctor Who), Edward and James Fox, and the play’s author Christopher Hampton.
- by Terri Paddock
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