Claudie Blakley, Stephen Campbell Moore and Adam James will star in Consent

National Theatre play Consent makes West End switch

By Robin Johnson, Published March 12, 2018

Nina Raine’s searing legal drama Consent will transfer to the West End this Summer, following a sell-out run at the National’s Dorfman Theatre last year.

Starring Claudie Blakley (Once In A Lifetime, Young Vic; Chimerica, Almeida/West End), Stephen Campbell Moore (The History Boys, West End/Broadway/Film), Heather Craney and Adam James (both in the original cast), Consent will begin previews at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 18 May, playing for a strictly limited 12-week run.

The show ran at the National Theatre for an acclaimed season in 2017, and now makes a timely transfer in a West End co-production with Sonia Friedman Productions. Consent is directed by Roger Michell, and was originally co-produced and commissioned by Out of Joint.

By turns powerful, painful and funny, Consent puts justice herself in the dock, as friends take opposing briefs in a fiercely contested legal case. But the key testimony will be provided by a woman whose life seems a whole world away from their own, and every version of the truth ends up challenged.

Heather Craney will star in Consent (Photo: Rocco Redondo)

Heather Craney will star in Consent (Photo: Rocco Redondo)

The show is penned by Nina Raine, whose other plays include Tiger Country, Rabbit and Tribes (Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, and Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play) as well as an adaptation of The Drunks by the Durnenkov Brothers.

The Consent set is designed by Hildegard Bechtler, with costumes by Dinah Collin, lighting by Rick Fisher, music by Kate Whitley, sound by John Leonard, and casting by Amy Ball CDG.

The announcement comes on the same day that Sonia Friedman Productions also revealed their plans to transfer the Young Vic hit play, The Jungle.

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