A searing insight into the legal system and their discussion of consent, the story of two barrister friends taking opposing sides of a rape case that forms a background to their respective domestic troubles is a cutting look at marriage, infidelity and empathy.
Originally co-produced by Out of Joint, Sonia Friedman Productions is backing the show’s run in London’s Theatreland. Consent is written by Nina Raine, whose previous credits include Longing, Tiger Country, Behind the Image and Rabbit and Tribes, whilst her 2006 debut play Rabbit earned Raine awards for Most Promising Playwright.
Original cast members Heather Craney (Vera Drake, Life of Riley, Torchwood) and Adam James (Band of Brothers, King Charles III, Doctor Who) reprise their roles from the run at the National Theatre in the West End. Joining them are Claudie Blakley (Once in a Lifetime, The Painkiller, Rules for Living) and Stephen Campbell Moore (Photograph 51, Chimerica, Clybourne Park), as well as Clare Foster, Lee Ingleby and Thusitha Jayasundera.
Film and theatre veteran Roger Mitchell (Waste) directs, with further creative team including set designer Hildegard Bechtler, costume designer Dinah Collin, lighting designer Rick Fisher and sound designer John Leonard, with compositions by Kate Whitley.
A sharp, witty and charged new play that remains ever-relevant, Consent plays at the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre for a strictly limited season. The production runs at the venue from 18 May to 11 August 2018, with a press night on 29 May 2018.
Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including an interval)
Age recommendation: Recommended 15+
Special notice: Audiences that love searing naturalism, relationship dramas and plays about socio-political issues won’t want to miss this fantastic new play. With the #MeToo movement drawing attention to consent, this aptly titled work could not be more relevant to our times.