Nicole Kidman will return to the West End this fall in the United Kingdom.
Kidman will make her return in a play about Rosalind Franklin a British scientist who is often overlooked, for her role in the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure titled Photograph 51. Prior stage credits for Nicole include starring in Sam Mendes’ production of The Blue Room in 1998 where Kidman’s performance was described as “Pure theatrical viagra” by the Telegraph.
Kidman has been in the news of late due to her controversial advertising campaign with anti-female Etihad Airways.
Nicole Kidman has wanted to return to the West End for a long time and was in negotiations with Turganev’s A Month in The Country, adapted by Patrick Farber, last summer. Kidman thought last summer she may be doing two plays back-to-back.
Kidman told The Daily Mail “I see so many plays in London, Sydney and New York, and I’m mindful that it’s been a long time, but life and other work have conspired to keep me away.”
Photograph 51 is set to be directed by Michael Grandage in the latest contribution from his Michael Grandage company, which presented a well received season in the West End in 2013-14. Grandage has worked with stars such as Jude Law, Judi Dench, and Daniel Radcliffe who starred in Grandage’s The Cripple of Inishmaan in 2013-14 which went on to play Broadway. Grandage worked with Kidman on his upcoming film Genius, which marks the stage director’s first move into feature films.
Like Grandage’s previous season of plays, Photograph 51 will arrive in London with an initiative for ticket access that keeps some tickets at a reduced price. During the run, 5,000 tickets, will be sold for just $15!
The director said: “We’re thrilled to be returning to the West End with Nicole Kidman in Photograph 51 at such a vibrant time for London theatre. At the heart of all our work is a desire to make theatre accessible to everyone.”
Photograph 51 is written by an American playwright named Anna Ziegler. In 2008, it won a prize for scripts on science and technology. It was produced in New York in 2011 by Ensemble Studio Theater.
Photograph 51 will run from September 5 to November 21 at the famed Noel Coward Theater, which housed Grandage’s previous plays. The rest of the characters remain to be cast.
If Photograph 51 is anything like Kidman’s last production it will be a must see.
Tickets for the production will go on sale on April 24 at 9 a.m.
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