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About the showNina Raine’s blistering new play Consent transfers to the West End for a strictly limited season, following a sold-out run at the National’s Dorfman Theatre. Originally co-produced by Out of Joint and now produced alongside Sonia Friedman Productions, the production is a sharp take on the justice system’s discussion of consent.
Why is justice blind? Is she impartial? Is she blinkered? When it comes to the UK legal system, consent is still very much a debated topic. When two friends take opposing briefs in a contentious legal case, lives begin to drastically unravel both in court and at home.
As a lawyer defends opposite a friend in a rape trial, it turns out that the key witness is a woman whose own life is worlds away from their own. Soon, all versions of the truth are challenged as a consent becomes a topic of contention.
Heather Craney (The Vote, Passion Play) and Adam James (Doctor Foster) return to reprise their roles, alongside new cast members Claudie Blakley (The Painkiller, Chimerica) and Stephen Campbell Moore (All My Sons, Chimerica). Further casting includes Clare Foster, Lee Ingleby and Thusitha Jayasundera.
Roger Michell directs, with previous credits spanning across the National Theatre, RSC and Royal Court. The production also features set design by Hildegard Bechtler, costume design by Dinah Collin, lighting design by Rick Fisher, sound design by John Leonard and original compositions by Kate Whitley.
Consent is Nina Raine’s new play, with previous works including Tiger Country and Rabbit and Tribes. In 2006, Raine won the Evening Standard Theatre Award and Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright for her celebrated debut play Rabbit.
A searing insight into the justice system, Consent puts the law and modern relationships under the microscope. The production plays a limited season at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre from May 29th to August 11th 2018, with previews beginning May 18th 2018.
Who Should See It?Those who missed the chance to grab tickets during the show’s run at the Dorfman Theatre now have the chance to catch the show in the West End. Fans of new writing should see the show, which plays for a limited season.
Consent is recommended 15+ and may contain triggers.