Venus in Fur at Theatre Royal Haymarket tickets
Venus in Fur at Theatre Royal Haymarket tickets

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Overview

Natalie Dormer and David Oakes star in the London premiere of David Ives’ acclaimed Broadway play Venus in Fur. Set to open at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 6th October 2017, for a strictly limited 9 week run until 9th December 2017, tickets are bound to fly for one of the most exciting new shows this year.

Venus in Fur tells the story of the enigmatic acres Vanda Jordan, who turns up at an audition for the new play by Thomas Novachek, a New York based writer-director.

Despite being hard to imagine that Vanda will be impressive in the role, with her brash and vulgar attitude, she manages to convince him with her seductive charm during an evening in downtown Manhattan.

An ingenious and darkly comic play, Venus in Fur is an eloquent and thrilling story where actors and characters combine, resulting in an intriguing shifting power valance.

Venus in Fur is directed by prolific British playwright and director Patrick Marber. Marber is best known for his recent smash hit West End versions of Travesties staring Tom Hollander at the Apollo Theatre and Don Juan in Soho starring David Tennant at Wyndham’s Theatre.

Arguably however, Marber’s best work to date is the 1997 play Closer for which the director received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, the Evening Standard Best Comedy Award and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play. Marber subsequently turned Closer into acclaimed 2004 film of the same name, starring Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen.

Natalie Dormer is set to make a welcome return to the London stage, after having previously starred in After Miss Julie at the Young Vic in 2012. Dormer is perhaps best known for her roles in acclaimed Hollywood Films such as Cresssida in The Hunger Games series, as well Margery Tyrell in the much-loved HBO TV series Game of Thrones.

Dormer is joined by star of stage and screen, David Oakes. Oakes’ recent roles have included Prince Ernest II in the acclaimed ITV series Victoria, as well as Victor Silver in the BBC series Ripper Street.

With an acclaimed duo of actors, one of Britain’s most loved directors, and one of New York’s most exciting new writers, this is set to be one of the most exciting West End openings of the year. Tickets are now available for this strictly limited run from 6th October 2017 to 9th December 2017 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Recommended for

For those who have enjoyed Patrick Marber’s previous plays such as Don Juan in Soho and Travesties this is the perfect opportunity to get tickets to a new play by the great director.

It is also a rare opportunity for fans of acclaimed actress Natalie Dormer, take to the London stage once again.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for 15+

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Opened: 06 Oct 2017
Press night: 17 Oct 2017
Booking from: 08 Dec 2017
Booking until: 09 Dec 2017

Location and map

Theatre Royal Haymarket
Haymarket
London, SW1Y 4HT

54 Reviews Add review

If you are seeing Venus in Fur you probably came for Natalie Dormer, who gives an exceptional performance as Vanda a brash New Yor... More

braintree 155cm, 35 reviews, 5 helpful votes

If you are seeing Venus in Fur you probably came for Natalie Dormer, who gives an exceptional performance as Vanda a brash New Yorker late to her audition for David Oakes' Thomas, a director and writer (urgh, the worst) who has adapted the novel Venus in Furs for his own play. At a time where theatre is really looking at its relationship with sexual power and high status this play takes it to the extreme; is it S&M, is it wrong? Is it ever truly consensual. Dormer and Oakes move seemlessly between the play and the play with the play. The American characters bring the humour and modern crassness but the 1870 story shows not only the actors skill but Marber the director. Whilst I think it would be improved in a smaller space the contrast between the intimacy on stage and distance from audience does make us feel like voyeurs. It is a shame so much coverage has focused on Dormer's lack of clothes but she is a skilled actor and this is a performance that requires sexuality. Dormer is just as sexy clothed than in a corset. Is Vanda and women like her truly for real or just what man imagine them to me, either way Dormer makes either option believable

braintree 155cm, 35 reviews, 5 helpful votes

For a person who hasn’t read the novel, I absolutely loved this play. Natalie Dormer is such a talented actress who fluently and s... More

cloeblock 5"6, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

For a person who hasn’t read the novel, I absolutely loved this play. Natalie Dormer is such a talented actress who fluently and successfully switched accents in a flash. Casting was impeccable. The staging of the play was well thought out and definitely worked. One of the best parts was definitely lighting! How they included changing the lighting in the scene with Vanda changing it was clever and the ending with the red lights was so powerful. The play itself was smartly written and I adored it.

cloeblock 5"6, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Despite the four stars, I am fairly torn about this production! The two leads are brilliant; Natalie Dormer proves that she is won... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 114 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Despite the four stars, I am fairly torn about this production! The two leads are brilliant; Natalie Dormer proves that she is wonderfully diverse, and David Oakes is very amusing - there's an electric chemistry between them. The story itself is lacking slightly. It fits in a lot of the infamous novel Venus in Furs, which is supposedly slightly "pornographic" and about sado-masochism. It's heavy-handed on female empowerment, which is great, but when the play itself is written by a man (and the whole creative team is male), it undermines its own point. Still, very worth seeing for the magnetic central performances.

susannahrosemn 5"3, 114 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Great production which is funnier than most comedies, while also being a far more thought-provoking and nuanced play. Natalie Dorm... More

shaun 5"10, 59 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Great production which is funnier than most comedies, while also being a far more thought-provoking and nuanced play. Natalie Dormer is fantastic as Wanda and manages to turn the comedy into intensity on a knife edge, while David Oakes plays off her well as the neurotic playwright. Despite all the hyped as an ‘S&M play’, it is actually far more about gender and power, with these questions playing out between the director and an auditioning actress as they perform and dissect his new play. Fast-paced and exciting, its definitely one to watch!

shaun 5"10, 59 reviews, 2 helpful votes

We were not sure what to expect after reading the publicity and the programme and were pleasantly surprised. This is a tense very ... More

TheatreCrazyMum 5'3", 27 reviews, 0 helpful votes

We were not sure what to expect after reading the publicity and the programme and were pleasantly surprised. This is a tense very well acted play - a 2 hander with great cast. There are stories at different levels and you leave wondering what exactly happened. The set and effects along with the staging are excellent. Its run without an interval which keeps the attention and suspense growing. Worth going to see.

TheatreCrazyMum 5'3", 27 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Heard this was a fabulous show and it certainly did not disappoint. We were enthralled from beginning to end as were the whole aud... More

theresajackson 5.5”, 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Heard this was a fabulous show and it certainly did not disappoint. We were enthralled from beginning to end as were the whole audience. Not a whisper from anyone except to appreciate the comedic moments throughout. Definitely recommend and would actually be very happy to go again!!

theresajackson 5.5”, 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Second time seeing this show. I had to make sure my friends saw Natalie Dormer's amazing performance in this - she really is outs... More

jamesatwill 178, 71 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Second time seeing this show. I had to make sure my friends saw Natalie Dormer's amazing performance in this - she really is outstanding - I hope she receives an Olivier nomination at least for this! Absolutely outstanding.

jamesatwill 178, 71 reviews, 2 helpful votes

‘Venus in Fur’ was a bit of a curates egg for me. I absolutely loved the performances of David Oakes and Natalie Dormer (in parti... More

joc78 5"4, 200 reviews, 2 helpful votes

‘Venus in Fur’ was a bit of a curates egg for me. I absolutely loved the performances of David Oakes and Natalie Dormer (in particular) who were both electric in their roles. The chemistry between them was electrifying. I wasn’t however overly struck on the play as I found it just a tad too confusing. I’m not a huge fan of ‘plays within plays’. I’m really pleased I got to see this production though as it’s worth it for the fantastic performances.

joc78 5"4, 200 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I really enjoyed this - the performances from both were outstanding, but Natalie Dormer completely blew me away - it’s definitely ... More

jamesatwill 178, 71 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I really enjoyed this - the performances from both were outstanding, but Natalie Dormer completely blew me away - it’s definitely worth going just to see her! The play itself wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was really interesting and I was absolutely gripped right through to the end. The staging and lighting design were amazing too

jamesatwill 178, 71 reviews, 2 helpful votes
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