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The Effect with Paapa Essiedu and Taylor Russell to transfer to New York

The show was a five-star hit in the UK

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Paapa Essiedu and Taylor Russell, © Marc Brenner

The five-time WhatsOnStage Award-nominated National Theatre and Jamie Lloyd Company revival of Lucy Prebble’s The Effect will come to The Shed in New York for an exclusive American engagement from 3 to 31 March 2024.

Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You) and Taylor Russell (Bones and All) lead The Effecas Tristan and Connie – two volunteers who fall in love during a drug trial. Quickly, they worry if their infatuation is real, or if it’s brought on by the antidepressant. They’re joined by Michele Austin (Cyrano de Bergerac) and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical), all reprising their performances from the London production earlier this year.

Jamie Lloyd directs The Effect, with set and costume design by Soutra Gilmour, lighting design by Jon Clark, composition by Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, sound design by George Dennis, movement direction by Sarah Golding and Yukiko Masui (SAY), fight direction by Kate Waters, and intimacy coordination by Ingrid Mackinnon.

Essiedu, Russell, and Austin are nominated for WhatsOnStage Awards for their performances, with Clark’s lighting also receiving a nod. The Effect is also up for Best Play Revival. Our review called it “a rivetingly intelligent evening.”