1998 play Frozen won an award for best new play when it premiered at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. It went on to run at the National Theatre (2002) and both off and on Broadway (2004), winning four Tony nominations along the way. It was the play that prompted
The Guardian to describe Bryony Lavery as 'one of the best but most consistently underrated playwrights in the country'
Now it's being revived at Theatre Royal Haymarket by prolific director Jonathan Munby, with TV regulars Suranne Jones and Jason Watkins in the lead roles.
Frozen tells every parent's worst nightmare. It's the story of a serial killer who abducts and kills a child. Instead of grisly violence or a murder mystery, Lavery hones in on the aftermath and ripple effects of the crime.
We see three sides of the story – that of the murderer, the murdered girl's mother, and a criminal psychiatrist. Monologues slide into dialogue as the three characters come into uneasy contact with each other.
Like a murky mirror of real life cases, such as the murder of schoolgirl Sarah Payne, or TV shows such as The Missing or Broadchurch, the play taps into that utterly compelling sense of human frailty and the disquieting balance between justice and revenge.
Suranne Jones plays the murdered child's mother, frozen in her grief. Though she became a household name on Coronation Street it was roles as a convicted murderer (in 2009 mini-series Unforgiven) and a vengeful betrayed wife (in hit series Doctor Foster) that showcased Jones's talent for nail-gnawing intensity and raw tenderness. Frozen offers a rare chance to see the BAFTA-winning actress on stage.
She will star opposite fellow TV regular Jason Watkins, who won the 2015 Best Actor BAFTA for playing a man wrongly accused of murder in Channel 4 drama The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies. Watkins is also an accomplished stage actor, with an Olivier Award and over 70 plays under his belt.
|What||Frozen, Theatre Royal Haymarket|
Theatre Royal Haymarket
18 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HT | MAP
|Nearest tube||Piccadilly Circus (underground)|
09 Feb 18 – 05 May 18, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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