Mr Foote's Other Leg at Theatre Royal Haymarket tickets
Mr Foote's Other Leg at Theatre Royal Haymarket tickets

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Overview

Ian Kelly’s hilarious exploration of Georgian London’s obsession with celebrity and fame transfers to the Theatre Royal Haymarket following a sold-out run at the Hampstead Theatre. Telling the true story of celebrity personality Samuel Foote, Mr Foote’s Other Leg explores a society is hungry for knowledge and pleasure.

Simon Russell Beale stars as Samuel Foote, the actor, impressionist, comedian and hedonist whose rise to fame and notoriety couldn’t be stopped; even by the loss of his leg in a riding accident. Kelly’s play explores his role in an age when theatre and science were on the brink of progress and begs the question: can fame make you mad?

The sumptuous production is directed by Sir Richard Eyre, whose previous work has earned him 5 Olivier Awards and the Olivier Lifetime Achievement Award. He directs this adaptation of Kelly’s play, which is itself an adaptation of the biography of Samuel Foote penned by the playwright in 2012.

Simon Russell Beale’s performance as this multi-faceted and complex character received enthusiastic critical acclaim when Mr Foote’s Other Leg opened on the West End in November 2015. With multiple credits at the National Theatre, Foote is the latest in a long line of diverse characters to Beale’s name; from Iago in Othello to Stalin in Collaborators and the title role in Uncle Vanya. He is supported by Dervla Kirwan as Peg Woffington and Joseph Miller as David Garrick. The trio take to the stage as friends and actors caught in Georgian London’s craze for fame and sexual freedom.

Recommended for

With Richard Eyre at the helm of this production, Mr Foote’s Other Leg is guaranteed to be a high-quality piece of theatre. With critics praising Beale’s performance, this is one not to be missed for fans of clever comedy with a hint of bawdiness.

Dates and times

Opened: 28 Oct 2015
Press night: 28 Nov 0002
Booking from: 23 Jan 2016
Booking until: 23 Jan 2016

Location and map

Theatre Royal Haymarket
Haymarket
London, SW1Y 4HT

6 Reviews Add review

I honestly have no opinion of this show at all. One reason for that is that I couldn't hear it at all. At the interval, the ushers... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I honestly have no opinion of this show at all. One reason for that is that I couldn't hear it at all. At the interval, the ushers moved people from the gallery (Starting at the back row moving forward) to the upper circle due to the amount of complaints about sound. The problem with that is that the upper circle was full by the time they got to the first three rows of the Gallery. This meant that I had to sit through the second act not being able to hear either. I did notice that the lower levels where laughing a lot so I assume that the show was funny but I can't comment. I was really disappointed overall!

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Based on a true story (you really couldn't make it up!), this is the tale of a restoration theatre owner and his demise. Excellent... More

helenkeegan 5' 3", 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Based on a true story (you really couldn't make it up!), this is the tale of a restoration theatre owner and his demise. Excellent acting, great script, fabulous set and all in all, very moving. I enjoyed it so much, I saw it twice.

helenkeegan 5' 3", 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes

An interesting story with some superb acting. There were some scenes thrown in which did not make a whole lot of sense, and at tim... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 138 reviews, 4 helpful votes

An interesting story with some superb acting. There were some scenes thrown in which did not make a whole lot of sense, and at times it dragged. But overall, it was wonderful to see Simon Russell Beale in the starring role, with some excellent support from Dervla Kirwan.

susannahrosemn 5"3, 138 reviews, 4 helpful votes

helenkeegan 5' 3", 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes

helenkeegan 5' 3", 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I enjoyed, the acting is very good and the set was beautiful.

sergioAraujo 138 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I enjoyed, the acting is very good and the set was beautiful.

sergioAraujo 138 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I couldn't get into the play. Perhaps it's not my type of humour or perhaps I was sitting too far away to enjoy it.

amina 13 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I couldn't get into the play. Perhaps it's not my type of humour or perhaps I was sitting too far away to enjoy it.

amina 13 reviews, 1 helpful vote