THAT FACE Revival to Play the Landor Theatre, Nov 12-Dec 1
That Face, the debut play from award-winning playwright Polly Stenham, will have its first London revival at the Landor Theatre from Tuesday 12 November to Sunday 1 December (press night Thursday 7 November) it was announced today. On sale now. Casting to be announced.
That Face is a compelling portrayal of an affluent family in freefall. Mia is at boarding school. She has access to drugs. They are Martha's. Henry is preparing for art college. He has access to alcohol. From Martha. Martha controls their lives. Martha is their mother. This is a family at breaking point. Mia and Henry have long been dealing with their mother's addictions, but after a prank goes wrong at Mia's boarding school, their situation goes from comically bad to utterly ridiculous. When their estranged father arrives to sort things out, they must face the reality that their well-to-do family may have combusted beyond repair. That Face is a hard-hitting, intense and darkly comic exploration of children who become parents to their parents.
Polly Stenham wrote That Face when she was just 19 years old. The original production at The Royal Court Theatre, which later transferred into the West End at the Duke of York's Theatre, was directed by Jeremy Herrin and starred Lindsay Duncan and Matt Smith. Awards for That Face include the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play and the Critics Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright. It was also nominated for Best New Play at the 2009 Olivier Awards. Polly's second and third plays, Tusk Tusk and No Quarter, were also produced by The Royal Court, and she is currently under commission to the Donmar Warehouse, The National Theatre and The Almeida Theatre. For film Polly is writing a screenplay adaption of Tusk Tusk for Origin Pictures and Film4, and for television Polly is writing and directing a short film for Sky Arts.
That Face will be directed by Tara Robinson, who is currently Associate Director to Michael Grandage on his West End season at the Noel Coward Theatre, currently working on A Midsummer Night's Dream starring Sheridan Smith and David Walliams. Tara runs her own company The Conker Group and is an associate director at The Gate and with Company of Angels. Recent credits include Political Me: Apology Songs at Camden People's Theatre, The Bomb at Tricycle Theatre and the 24 Hour Plays at The Old Vic Theatre.
The Landor Theatre is one of London's most adventurous and attractive little theatres. Starting life in 1994 as the Cage Theatre, for almost 20 years it has developed an extraordinary reputation for programming new and exciting work, with a commitment to housing new and rarely seen musicals in an intimate setting.
That Face is written by Polly Stenham and directed by Tara Robinson, with set and costume design by Rachel Stone and lighting design by Derek Anderson. It is produced by David Adkin.
For more about the play, visit www.thatfacetheplay.co.uk.
The show will run TUESDAY 12 NOVEMBER - SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER 2013 at THE Landor Theatre, with performances: Tuesday - Thursday and Saturdays - 7.30pm; Fridays - 7.00pm; and Saturdays and Sundays - 3,00pm. Tickets: £16 (Previews £12). Box Office: 020 7737 7276 | www.landortheatre.co.uk. ON SALE NOW.