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 piece, chosen by Piper herself for her inaugural stage vehicle, Ann ditches her egotistical ex-boyfriend Dave and tries to rebuild her shattered confidence by forming a rebound relationship with Patrick, the office bore. But then Dave returns on a macho mission to try and win her back. The three-hander also stars Kris Marshall (The Hypochondriac, The Invention of Love, TV’s My Family) as Dave and Piper’s real-life boyfriend Laurence Fox (TV’s Lewis) as Patrick.

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For Whatsonstage.com TV, we were on hand for the curtain call at the Garrick Theatre and the post-show party at the 50 Club, St James. Our TV interviewees include: cast members Billie Piper, Laurence Fox and Kris Marshall, author Christopher Hampton and first night guests including Peter Bowles and Camille Corduri (who played Billie Piper’s mother in Doctor Who).

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.

- by Terri Paddock


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