Frozen at Theatre Royal Haymarket tickets
Frozen at Theatre Royal Haymarket tickets

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Overview

BAFTA Award-winning actress Suranne Jones stars in a highly anticipated revival of Bryony Lavery’s acclaimed play Frozen, running for a strictly limited season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. A gripping psychological thriller about redemption, remorse and retribution, the drama focuses on a group of people whose lives are irreversibly tangled after a young girl goes missing.

Set in present day England, Frozen explores what happens after 10-year old girl Rhona goes to visit her Grandma one evening, but never arrives. Taking place through the year after her disappearance, the play follows the interwoven lives of Rhona’s mother, a psychiatrist and a serial killer.

Originally premiering at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1998, the play received the Best New Play Award from the Theatrical Management Association. Frozen received its London premiere at the National Theatre in 2002, and its Broadway premiere two years later in 2004, earning a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.

Suranne Jones stars as Rhona’s mother, with previous stage credits including A Few Good Men at the Haymarket and Beautiful Thing at the Arts Theatre. Jones is best known for her BAFTA-winning turn as Gemma Foster in hit BBC series Doctor Foster, as well as Scott & Bailey and Coronation Street.

Olivier Award-nominated actor Jason Watkins stars opposite as the kidnapper, with stage appearances including A Servant to Two Masters, Rafts and Dreams and Landscape with Weapon. Watkins is well-known for appearing in television series’ Being Human, Trollied and The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries. Additional casting includes Nina Sosanya (W1A, Last Tango in Halifax).

Jonathan Munby directs Lavery’s play, with credits including the upcoming King Lear at Chichester Festival Theatre, starring Ian McKellen, as well as several Shakespeare’s Globe credits including Antony and Cleopatra and The Merchant of Venice.

Frozen is Bryony Lavery’s most famous play, with further works including Beautiful Burnout and Last Easter. A gripping thriller about the irreversible effects of a traumatic event, Frozen plays for a limited season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, from February 9th to May 5th 2018, with a press night on February 21st 2018.

Recommended for

Fans of crime dramas and psychological thrillers will find this production particularly gripping, whilst fans of Suranne Jones have the opportunity to see her on the West End stage.

Age Recommendations: Suitable for 15+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 09 Feb 2018
Press night: 21 Feb 2018
Booking from: 05 May 2018
Booking until: 05 May 2018

Location and map

Theatre Royal Haymarket
Haymarket
London, SW1Y 4HT

64 Reviews Add review

This, as it says in the advertising, is the story of a little girl who went to visit her granny - but never came home. Three main ... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 45 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This, as it says in the advertising, is the story of a little girl who went to visit her granny - but never came home. Three main actors - the mother, the kidnapper, and a psychologist with a rather fragile personality of her own. All, apparently, famous from TV - but not being a frequent TV-watcher, I wouldn't know much about that. It is, as you might expect, quite dark - never more so than when the kidnapper is onstage, frequently accompanied by faint, ominous music. He plays a blinder, I have to say, presenting himself as one of the most thoroughly unpleasant characters I've ever seen. Unusual, to get the psycho's perspective.. but all the characters are well-rounded, and beautifully played. As the play progresses, it becomes a study of how the different characters deal with loss. ("Frozen", BTW, refers to the state of mind of the characters - not the weather; it's not set in Scandinavia!) It's an original plot, taking the audience in some unexpected directions, and I loved the production - some of the imagery, such as the mother walking into light at the end, is a bit obvious: but I thought it came across very well. As one of our group remarked, a very slick production. Highly recommended - quite memorable.

u2fancat 5'6'', 45 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was great, despite Suranne Jones falling ill just before the end of the first act. The interval was called early, and aft... More

MaryP 5' 0", 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was great, despite Suranne Jones falling ill just before the end of the first act. The interval was called early, and after that her understudy, Roisin Rae, completed the first act before there was another quick break, and then Roisin completed the second part. I can honestly say, with no respect to Suranne intended, that Roisin was on a par with her, and that there was no noticeable difference in the quality of the performance. I feel very lucky to have witnessed both the star and the understudy in the same performance. The play itself was hard work in that the subject matter - the abduction, rape and murder of a child - was bleak and heartbreaking, but it was interesting and made some very pertinent points, particularly with regard to people's moral compasses - there was a clever twist at the end. Not the play to go for if you're in the mood for something light-hearted and playful, but if you can stomach the subject matter it will keep you pondering long after you've seen it. Note: this play contains swearing. There was plentiful use of the F-word which barely got a reaction, but the few instances of the C-word showed that it still retains its power to shock - there was an audible murmur around the theatre.

MaryP 5' 0", 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Found this to be quite disappointing, as I think I had hoped it would be this incredibly gripping thriller. It's engaging, and a g... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 142 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Found this to be quite disappointing, as I think I had hoped it would be this incredibly gripping thriller. It's engaging, and a good subject matter, however the characters lack any true depth - I couldn't work out if this was to do with the script or the direction. Jason Watkins gives a very sinister performance, and is utterly compelling to watch. Unfortunately, the female parts in comparison are not as well written. Paul Wills' design is superb and looks very slick. The atmosphere was right and I was hoping for much more. It does not get anywhere near as chilling as it is perhaps advertised.

susannahrosemn 5"3, 142 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Show was very deep and dark telling a story of abduction of young girl and how it had retribution, remorse and redemption. The act... More

Queenie 5'2, 57 reviews, 33 helpful votes

Show was very deep and dark telling a story of abduction of young girl and how it had retribution, remorse and redemption. The acting was superb with 3 great actors in the roles Suranne Jones, Jason Watkins who I must say was very good in his role and Nina Sosanya. Set was simple but storyline was gripping.

Queenie 5'2, 57 reviews, 33 helpful votes

A very strong cast headed up by Suranne Jones, Jason Watkins and Nina Sosanya this tells the story of how a 10 year old girl went ... More

joc78 5"4, 263 reviews, 4 helpful votes

A very strong cast headed up by Suranne Jones, Jason Watkins and Nina Sosanya this tells the story of how a 10 year old girl went missing from her home after going to visit her grandmother. We later learn she is abducted and murdered by a paedophile. This is a very uncomfortable watch at times with disturbing music and themes throughout. At times I couldn't bear what I was hearing but I knew it was paramount to the story. You cannot fault the acting here - it is excellent, but just a very hard watch so be prepared when you go in!

joc78 5"4, 263 reviews, 4 helpful votes

laurenmaytheatre 5"7, 371 reviews, 10 helpful votes

laurenmaytheatre 5"7, 371 reviews, 10 helpful votes

laurenmaytheatre 5"7, 371 reviews, 10 helpful votes

laurenmaytheatre 5"7, 371 reviews, 10 helpful votes

Frozen - very gripping!!!! Story is really told in a way as if it's real. Jason Watkins and Suranne Jones played great parts.

Joe3062 5”8, 27 reviews, 7 helpful votes

Frozen - very gripping!!!! Story is really told in a way as if it's real. Jason Watkins and Suranne Jones played great parts.

Joe3062 5”8, 27 reviews, 7 helpful votes

I am used to a musical so this was very different. Quite dark story line but the acting was brilliant and kept you drawn in. Enjoy... More

helentissington 5' 5", 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I am used to a musical so this was very different. Quite dark story line but the acting was brilliant and kept you drawn in. Enjoyed it thoroughly despite the sad story line!

helentissington 5' 5", 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes