The UK premiere of the new comedy by French playwright Yasmina Reza (best known in this country for West End long-runner Art) will open on 25 March 2008 (previews from 7 March) at the Gielgud Theatre, where Ken Stott and Janet McTeer are also now confirmed for the cast. In The God of Carnage, Fiennes plays the lawyer father of a boy who has hit another child on the playground. The victim’s parents (Stott and McTeer) have invited Fiennes and his wife (Greig) round to discuss the matter.
In addition to Much Ado, Tamsin Greig’s stage credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and King John. She’s best known to television fans for her comedy roles in the likes of Green Wing, Black Books and Love Soup.
Janet McTeer’s numerous stage credits include The Duchess of Malfi, A Doll’s House Petruchio in the Globe’s all-female Taming of the Shrew and, most recently, the title role in Mary Stuart at the Donmar Warehouse and in the West End.
Ken Stott was in the original West End cast of Reza’s Art, along with Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay. His last London stage appearance was in the 2005 premiere of another French comedy, Gerald Sibleyras’ Heroes, while his other theatre credits include Faith Healer, The Misanthrope, Death of a Salesman, Hamlet and The Rose Tattoo.
The London production of The God of Carnage reunites for the first time the team behind Art, which ultimately ran for eight years in the West End - translator Christopher Hampton, director Matthew Warchus and producers David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers (who are also busy preparing the Broadway transfer of Equus with Daniel Radcliffe).
Currently at the Gielgud Theatre, Jonathan Church and Philip Franks’ Chichester Festival revival of the two-part adaptation of Charles Dickens’ The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, which finishes its run on 27 January 2008.
- by Terri Paddock