Closer transferred to the Lyric from the Royal National Theatre on 31 March, following previews from 19 March, for a 'limited 12-week only' season. The play originally opened at the National's Cottesloe Theatre in May 1997 before transferring to the larger Lyttelton in October of that year.
Amongst its many accolades, Closer has won the 1997 Time Out Award for Best Play in the West End, the 1997 Evening Standard Best Comedy Award, the 1997 Critics Circle Best Play Award and the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. Marber was also a runner-up for the 1997 Lloyds' Playwright of the Year Award and actress Sally Dexter, who played 'Anna' in the RNT cast, earned an Olivier nomination for Best Actress.
The play, which explores the vicissitudes of modern love, features a quartet of lovers caught up in a web of love, lust, sex and betrayal. The various casts of foursomes have featured many prominent actors including Liza Walker, Frances Barber, Imogen Stubbs, Neil Pearson, Lloyd Owen and Tom Mannion.
Closer continues to be an international hit, with productions running all over the world. It is scheduled to open on Broadway in Spring 1999.
Closer is written and directed by Patrick Marber with design by Vicki Mortimer, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and music by Paddy Cuneen.